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Minister Landau at the City of David

Published on: December 24, 2012

Minister of Energy and Water Resources Dr. Uzi Landau today visited the City of David, the historic city of Jerusalem, and spoke about the utmost importance of a united and undivided Jerusalem.

The City of David sits on the location of the oldest settled neighborhood of ancient Jerusalem. It holds within it a vast amount of archaeological material, ever improving our understanding of life in the days of King David’s Jerusalem nearly 3000 years ago. The site also attests to the ancient precedent of Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem, as the only nation to have had the city as its capital.

Minister Landau said: “It is not my first time here by far, but each time I visit there are new things to see, with new excavations all the time.  Each layer of this historic site reveals discoveries that help us understand more and more about vast amount of archaeological material, ever improving our understanding of life in the days of King David’s Jerusalem.

“Since the time of David, this city has never been the capital of any other people apart from the Jews.  No other nation has held Jerusalem as its capital.  Zion is Jerusalem, and coming back to Jerusalem is key to Zionism.

“We will continue to build in Jerusalem, not because we need security, but because it is ours and that is the natural thing to do.  Israel will continue to do in Jerusalem as the British do in London, as the French do in Paris and as the Americans do in Washington DC.

In response to a question on the criticism from the members of the international community regarding building in Jerusalem he said, “Ben-Gurion declared the state despite American threats of sanctions, and when warned him on Jerusalem he moved the Knesset here.  Begin, Gold Meir, Eshkol, they all responded the same, they built Ramot, Pisgat Ze’ev, Gilo and so on.

“I invite all of our European colleagues to come and visit this place.  At least then if they have criticism it will not be based on ignorance.”

He added, “Jerusalem is not the story of a decade it is the story of 3,000 years

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