Netanyahu re-confirms Jerusalem as permanent Israeli capital 30May11 May 31, 2011

The Palestinian Information Centre -  30 May 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized his country’s commitment to develop Jerusalem employing several Judaization projects.

The announcement comes a few days after Netanyahu gave a speech that drew heavy support by US Congress where he declared Jerusalem the eternal capital for the “Jewish state”.

He said during a cabinet meeting held Sunday that the unity of Jerusalem is one of the foundations of the unity of the Israelis, and that the support that the projects have received by Knesset and Congress is an asset to Israel.

The Citadel in the Jerusalem’s Old City where the meeting was held contained a mosque, as the tower was re-built by the Mamluks then the Ottomans who established mosque inside it.

In the same session, Netanyahu announced a 100 million USD investment package.

The statements come just a day after the High Arab Follow-up Committee for the Arab peace initiative (an Arab league committee) adopted a resolution that supports the Palestinian Authority going to the UN get recognition for an independent state of Palestine.

According to the resolution, Palestinian borders would be based on those etched in 1967, and the capital would be East Jerusalem.

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