EUROPEANS SAY JERUSALEM IS NOT ISRAELI,
ISRAELI RIGHT UNITES
Arutz Sheva News Service -- Thursday, March 11, 1999 / Adar 23, 5759
ISRAEL REJECTS EU STAND ON JERUSALEM
Israel does not intend to accept the European Union's stand regarding Jerusalem. Israel received a message from the EU saying that it does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over Jerusalem. Rejecting an Israeli demand that EU representatives refrain from visiting the Orient House in eastern Jerusalem, a letter written by the German Ambassador states that Jerusalem is a "corpus separatum [separate body];" the letter does not differentiate between eastern and western Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded that Jerusalem is "not a separate body, but rather the heart and soul of the Nation of IsraelJerusalem will remain united and under Israeli sovereignty forever." Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon said that negotiations are underway with the European Union over this issue. "Our government has no intention of making any concessions whatsoever regarding the status of Jerusalem," Sharon said today. "Under my direction, and in complete coordination with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, an urgent letter has been sent to all the foreign embassies in Israel, in which I explained that this statement contradicts all of the agreements, and is in complete opposition with the stance of the government. Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish nation for 3000 years now, the capital of the State of Israel for 50 years, and will remain so for eternity." [Editor's Note: Israel should remind the Europeans that they were living in caves and had not yet mastered the art of language when King David made Jerusalem his capital.]