Addressing comments made by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu underscored the unbroken bond between the Jewish people and Jerusalem during a special cabinet meeting. Held at the Western Wall tunnels in honor of Jerusalem Day, Netanyahu used the historical setting to retort to Abbas’s claim made at the UN that the Jewish people have no connection to the Temple Mount and that eastern Jerusalem is a part of the Palestinian Authority.
“Abbas should note that we are holding this special meeting at the foot of the Temple Mount, where King Solomon built the first temple of the Jewish people,” Netanyahu said. He further reminded Abbas that “the heart of the historic capital of Israel, the City of David, was here 3,000 years ago.” This profound bond between the Jewish people and Jerusalem, he emphasized, is unparalleled among nations.
During a UN speech marking the ‘Nakba’ (the term used by anti-Israel activists to describe Israel’s founding), Abbas had compared Israelis to Chief Nazi Propagandist Joseph Goebbels, stating that they “lie, lie, and lie until people believe.” He further claimed an ancestral link to the ancient Canaanites, stating that the Western Wall and Temple Mount belonged “exclusively” to the Islamic Waqf.
Abbas suggested that Britain should have granted the Jewish people “another island somewhere else” and held the United States and Britain responsible for the ‘Nakba’ due to their roles in establishing the State of Israel, attributing this to their own colonial goals and objectives.
On a contrasting note, Israel celebrated Jerusalem Day, commemorating the liberation of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War, highlighting the city’s eternal connection to the Jewish people.
In conclusion, the State of Israel and its people continue to stand as a beacon of unity and endurance, irrespective of the claims and unfounded allegations made against them. The undeniable bond that the Jewish people have with Jerusalem, steeped in millennia of history and culture, is an unbreakable bond that echoes through the ages. From the foot of the Temple Mount to the City of David, this bond reflects the indomitable spirit of the Jewish people and their enduring legacy, making the State of Israel a testament to their unwavering commitment to their heritage and home.