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      Ministers, MKs Encourage Netanyahu on Jerusalem

      Speaking Thursday at Ariel University, Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar praised PM Netanyahu for his"standing firm" against American pressure.
      By David Lev
      First Publish: 3/27/2010, 11:07 PM / Last Update: 3/26/2010, 4:11 PM

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      Speaking Thursday at Ariel University, Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar said that he praised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for his “strong stance in standing firm on the important interests of Israel, especially on our rights in Jerusalem. There is no other nation on earth that has a greater right to their capital than we in Israel do when it comes to Jerusalem."

      Attending the event, held in honor of the University, was coalition chairman Ze'ev Elkin, who said that “this evening represents the fact that Israel has an independent government that can make decisions and execute them. On this evening, the State of Israel states clearly that 'we are here and we will never leave, not from Jerusalem, nor from Ariel, the capital of Samaria, nor from any of the towns in Judea and Samaria.”

      In his speech, Sa'ar said that Ariel University was the eighth largest institution of higher learning in Israel, with over 10,000 students. The school is one of the country's leaders in scientific research, he said. Participating in the event, held in honor of the University, were Professor Moshe Arens, Ariel Mayor Ron Nachman, former MK Eliezer 'Chita' Cohen and others.

      Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also said he hoped that Netanyahu would remain strong in the wake of America's demands that Israel stop building in new neighborhoods of Jerusalem. “Jerusalem is not a settlement, but the capital of Israel. Jerusalem is not a settlement like Nokdim (Lieberman's home town), and building will continue there,” he said.

      Speaking to Channel 2, Lieberman said that “Western countries do not understand the root of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. We do not intend to become another Masada here. We will defend our interests.” Lieberman added that “Kadima wants to lead us to a second disengagement.”