'Jerusalem is not a problem, it's a solution'

President Rivlin speaks at ceremony in honor of Jerusalem's liberation: Those who want to divide the city will bring about disaster.

Nitsan Keidar,

Rivlin at celebration in honor of Jerusalem's reunification
Rivlin at celebration in honor of Jerusalem's reunification
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Jerusalem is not the problem but rather the solution, President Reuven Rivlin said Sunday at the opening ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the liberation and unification of Jerusalem, which was held in the Old City.

"Sometimes I hear that they are talking about 'the Jerusalem problem'," the President said. "Jerusalem is not a problem, Jerusalem is the solution. There are dreamers of political solutions who are trying to cut the city into parts, but anyone who talks about Jerusalem like a surgeon brings a disaster upon it and its inhabitants, and brings it back to the days of its lowliness.”

"For many years now, they have been trying to undermine the foundations of Jerusalem, they have never stopped," Rivlin continued. "Even now, the UNESCO conference is trying to rewrite history, to say that 'we have no connection to the city.' To all those who denounce Jerusalem we have one answer: Jerusalem has been burned and broken and smashed and eulogized, but it rose and returned to its sons, opening its gates to thousands of believers of different faiths.”

The President went on to say, “A united Jerusalem is not built in words, it is built by deeds. If we tell the world that Jerusalem is one, and that Jerusalem cannot be divided, we should not divide it ourselves. Anyone who looks at Jerusalem today cannot help but see that there is still a disconnect between the western part of the city and the eastern part of the city. Sovereignty in Jerusalem means responsibility for all of Jerusalem.”

"The Israeli government, which invests a tremendous and commendable investment in Jerusalem, must at this time look directly at the reality in the eastern part of Jerusalem," the President said. “The Israeli government and the city of Jerusalem must make a courageous and determined decision to begin the long journey of uniting the city in practice."

"Fifty years later, we must join forces to create a multi-year plan for the unification of the city. This plan expresses our duty not only towards the residents of the eastern part of the city, but towards all its residents, and toward our capital, the united eternal capital," concluded Rivlin.