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MK Landau: 'Coming Back to Jerusalem is Key to Zionism'

Joining a group of Anglo supporters, MK Uzi Landau visited the City of David; stressed the need to maintain a united, undivided Jerusalem.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 12/24/2012, 8:26 PM

Joining a group of Likud-Yisrael Beytenu Anglo supporters, Minister of Energy and Water Resources Dr. Uzi Landau on Monday visited the City of David, the historic city of Jerusalem, and stressed the need for the Jewish nation to maintain a united and undivided Jerusalem.

The City of David, which sits on the location of the oldest settled neighborhood of ancient Jerusalem, contains a vast amount of archaeological material that continues to abet our understanding of life in the days of King David's Jerusalem nearly 3,000 years ago.

"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,” Landau said. “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,” he said, stressing the ancient precedent of Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem. “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,” Landau maintained. “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 regarding criticism from members of the international community regarding building in Jerusalem, Landau stated that "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."

"Jerusalem is not the story of a decade; it is the story of 3,000 years," he added.