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Israel moves to consolidate Jerusalem as its 'eternal' capital

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu draws on congress' support of Israel's right over Jerusalem to push ahead with plans to underline its place in the state

Saleh Naami , Sunday 29 May 2011
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The Israeli government has decided to allocate an additional $100 million for the purpose of reinforcing the ‘Jewish nature’ of Jerusalem.

Israeli radio said Sunday that the decision came at a special government meeting in the Ir David settlement within Silwan to mark the 44th anniversary of the 1967 war.

The Israeli government’s plan to enhance the status of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel entails pouring vast amounts of money into tourism and industrial research.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of the meeting that the US congress supports without reservation Israel’s stance that a unified Jerusalem will continue to be the eternal capital of Israel and that the matter of dividing the city is not on either Israel the US’s agenda.

Netanyahu views congress’ endorsement as an enormous strategic asset for Israel, adding that the whole world is aware that the two countries are totally committed to preserving the unity of Jerusalem as a cornerstone of Jewish heritage.

On another note, Netanyahu’s office announced that it has managed to persuade Canadian premiere Stephen Harper to veto the proposal to include in the statement issued by the leaders of the G8 nations a clause calling for a Palestinian state along pre-1967 borders.

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