Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that construction in Jerusalem is Israel's right and obligation, referring to his recent decision to accelerate settlement building in response to the Palestinians' newly granted UNESCO membership.
Netanyahu made the statements speaking before the Knesset plenum as part of a special session in memory of former Minister Rehavam (Gandhi) Ze'evi who was murdered 10 years ago by the PFLP.
"We shall keep developing Jerusalem, its neighborhoods, landscapes, sites and people.
"We build in Jerusalem because it is our right and obligation to this generation and the next – not as punishment but as a basic right of our people to build our eternal capital."
I guarantee that we will never return to the situation we had on the evening of the Six Day War.".