Israeli PM: Jerusalem will never be divided

May 31, 2011

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JERUSALEM—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Jerusalem will never be divided. His long-standing policy puts him at odds with the Palestinians and much of the world.

Netanyahu spoke late Tuesday on the eve of Jerusalem Day, which commemorates Israel's capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war.

"The rocks and archaeological artifacts found in Jerusalem expose the deep ties between the Jewish people and its capital," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu spoke at a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem where eight students were shot dead by a Palestinian gunman in 2008.

Playing on a 2000 year old Jewish prayer yearning for a return to Jerusalem, Netanyahu said "Next year in a more built up Jerusalem."

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