”We ill-treated Jerusalem. We ill-treated it by becoming addicted to poeticizing it. We ill-treated it by endlessly longing for a distant ‘Zion’ while Zion is alive here and now. We ill-treated it by endlessly debating its borders and outlines and not debating enough current substance and vision. We ill-treated it by writing checks we never cashed in. Checks such as ‘The Reunited Town,’ which, 43 years on, is hardly united. Checks such as ‘Jerusalem the eternal capital of the State of Israel,’ which 43 years on, it is questioned whether it is indeed as the capital.
”How could Jerusalem serve as a relevant center of identification when we have yet to comprehensively explore its character and role as a present-time capital? How could Jerusalem serves as a source of inspiration for all, whilst it suffers from severe discrimination between the Arab and Jewish sectors? Whilst it suffers from a lack of integration between the sectors? And from poverty and the lack of a healthy financial web?”
Rivlin (Likud) vill inte dela staden, han vill att den ska bli en äkta enad stad. Men till skillnad från många andra är Rivlin åtminstone smärtsamt medveten om situationen i Jerusalem.