Israel does not need to apologize for or justify its presence in the Jewish People’s historic city of Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday in a special Knesset meeting in honor of Jerusalem Day.
Netanyahu inveighed against the UNESCO decision last month ignoring Israel’s ties to the Temple Mount and Western Wall: “It’s so absurd, so ridiculous; I can’t get over it.”
“Do people claim the Egyptians aren’t connected to the pyramids in Giza? It’s ridiculous,” he exclaimed.
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) also lamented the UNESCO resolution in his remarks, saying “no international organization can break our special connection to Jerusalem, the connection of the eternal people to the eternal city.”
The prime minister detailed Israel’s ties to the ancient city, since the time of King David and through the First and Second Temple eras.