in a speech to the Knesset by Rabin in 1995 on the Oslo Accords, the former prime minister said, no to a Palestinian State: “We view the permanent solution in the framework of State of Israel which will include most of the area of the Land of Israel as it was under the rule of the British Mandate, and alongside it a Palestinian entity which will be a home to most of the Palestinian residents living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Listen to this impassioned speech (with English translation) from 2007 given by Labor Party MK Yoram Marziano who concluded his powerful remarks by declaring:”Jerusalem will remain united for ever and ever.”
He is an example of the broad based support a united Jerusalem has in the State of Israel.
Marziano chastises Israel’s leaders for talking about dividing Jerusalem because it weakens Israel’s overall negotiating position. And as a proud Jew, he says, he does not want “any other flag flying over Jerusalem.”
Marziano is a proud member of the Leftist Labor Party but he says the Party’s founder David Ben-Gurion “would not believe that a government of Israel would negotiate the future of Jerusalem.” He believes that Ben-Gurion would think those Jews who would negotiate Jerusalem as being crazy.
He also reminds the world that Labor Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, who was willing to make concessions with Israel’s enemies declared that Jerusalem is off the negotiating table. Jerusalem most always remain the undivided capital of the State of Israel.
“We would like this (Palestinian entity) to be an entity which is less than a state, and which will independently run the lives of the Palestinians under its authority.”
He also clearly stated “The borders of the State of Israel, during the permanent solution, will be beyond the lines which existed before the Six-Day War. We will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines.”
Regarding Jerusalem, which the “peace camp” wants divided between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Rabin said, “First and foremost, united Jerusalem, which will include both Ma’aleh Adumim and Givat Ze’ev — as the capital of Israel, under Israeli sovereignty, while preserving the rights of the members of the other faiths, Christianity and Islam, to freedom of access and freedom of worship in their holy places, according to the customs of their faiths.”