‘Jerusalem was and will always be the capital of Israel,’ says Netanyahu, ahead of Trump visit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that Jerusalem will always be the capital of the Jewish state, speaking ahead of the visit of US President Donald Trump.
“Tonight, they tell the world, and as clearly as possible, Jerusalem was and will always be the capital of Israel,” Netanyahu told thousands of spectators. “The Temple Mount and the Western Wall will always remain under Israeli sovereignty.”
The Western Wall is the last remnant of the retaining wall of the second Jewish temple built by King Herod and destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. The most sacred place where Jews can pray is in the old city of East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967 and later annexed in an initiative not recognised by the international community. The site is located in the mosque complex of Al-Aqsa, the most famous site of Islam, referred to Jews as the Temple Mount. On May 22, Trump should become the first US president to visit the Western Wall.
Netanyahu spoke at the 50th-anniversary celebrations of the conquest of Israel in East Jerusalem during the Six-Day War. Preparations for Trump’s visit led to Israeli defence criticism after US officials have refused to say whether the Western Wall was part of Israel.
The legal and diplomatic status of Jerusalem is one of the key points of the West Asian conflict. Israel regards the whole city as its eternal and indivisible capital, but Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.

About the Author: wonkoblog

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *