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Netanyahu on Trump's Jerusalem Declaration: Our National, Historical Identity Being Recognized Today

Breaking with traditional U.S. policy, Trump is expected to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital Wednesday

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel's "historical and national identity is receiving important expressions every day, but especially today." The prime minister was speaking in a Facebook video ahead of the expected announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 
Earlier Wednesday, in his first public comments since the White House confirmed Trump will make the Jerusalem announcement, Netanyahu avoided any mention of the decision. Instead, the prime minister focused his remarks on the Iranian threat to the region on Wednesday.

In his speech at a conference held by the Jerusalem Post, Netanyahu warned against the threat Iran poses, saying the Islamic Republic seeks to "conquer the Middle East." The prime minister warned that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a foothold in Syria.
"We say what we mean and mean what we say," Netanyahu said. The prime minister called on other nations to pressure Iran, while at the same time support the Iranian people.
Netanyahu also reviewed Israel's diplomatic relationships with the rest of the world.
He was expected to respond to Trump's Tuesday decision to declare Jerusalem Israel's capital and possibly begin moving the U.S. embassy to the city.
On Tuesday, Israeli ministers were instructed, per the White House’s request, to keep mum on the issue until a final decision is made by President Trump on whether or not to sign the waiver that would determine the future of the embassy for the next six months.
However, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who also spoke at the conference, called on other nations to follow Trump's lead and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.
Netanyahu described a survey commissioned by the Foreign Ministry on how people feel about Israel in more than 50 countries, notably including the Arab nations. The attitude towards Israel among the majority in the Arab nations has been changing, because of developing economic ties, Netanyahu said, calling it a "revolution".
A giant screen behind the prime minister showed, among other things, a map marking the countries that have diplomatic relations with Israel, and the names of major Israeli companies operating globally. 
As Netanyahu was speaking about the strengthening diplomatic ties between Israel and the world, China and Russia expressed concern over Trump's expected recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. China warned on Wednesday that Trump's decision could fuel tensions in the region, AFP reported.
"We are concerned about the possible escalation of tensions," foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. In Moscow, the Kremlin said Russia is concerned with the difficult situation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Israeli MK Yair Lapid spoke prior to Prime Minister Netanyahu, saying "Moving the embassy is the right thing to do. Now is the time to do what is right." 
In his remarks at the conference, Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said "This is a historic day for the State of Israel! I praise the decision of President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and I expect the international community to support Trump's decision."
Trump will announce his official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday, the White House has confirmed early Wednesday. While the president intends to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, he will nevertheless sign a presidential waiver delaying the move by six months for "logistical reasons," senior White House officials said in press briefing.

Noa Landau
Haaretz Correspondent

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Netanyahu on Trump s Jerusalem Declaration Our National Historical Identity Being Recognized Today

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This is a beautiful church so once again thank you to the pastor for allowing us to use this is really beautiful and thank you all for being here tonight and and for caring enough to take the time and listen and participate and be active I always begin my remarks with a disclaimer and that disclaimer is this if anybody here came hoping to hear a balanced presentation then they're going to be sorely disappointed I say this because a lot of things that you're about to hear tonight are difficult to hear and also because I don't believe that a balanced presentation on this topic is possible anybody that cares enough to speak about this probably has a very strong opinion one way or the other almost everybody has feelings and strong emotions on this issue one way or the other for me it's deeply personal and the issue itself is not a balanced issue there is no balance in this issue so therefore I say this because there cannot be a balanced presentation on this and I think if anybody claims that their presentation is balanced they're either misleading themselves or the misleading of their audience this whole issue of Israel and Palestine is covered in so much myth and there's so much there's so much double standard when people talk about this issue and I'll give you two examples

Don't know if you heard Bibi Netanyahu speech at the United Nations I heard it not live but after he actually delivered it and he began and he began it with probably the two most striking examples of myth and double standard and he began by talking about the right of return of the Jews to their ancient homeland and of course the Jews that returned so-called returned to their homeland were not exactly the the same Jews who were expelled from their homeland right because these were expelled a couple of thousand years before that these were not their descendants either because they this is business has been a very long time so these are people the people that actually came back so to speak are people that claim some kind of a heritage some kind of a connection a relationship to the ancient Hebrews and they claimed that they had the right to return to their homeland and this was this is what Zionism was about and this is expected this was you know accepted by the world as the right they had the right to return now if we talk about the right of return of one nation you'd expect that there would be if we accept it as a principle than

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