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Keep Jerusalem United!

A Jewish withdrawal from East Jerusalem would make the situation in Sderot look like paradise.
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From the United States to the European Union to the developing countries, political leaders are calling for the division of Jerusalem. Such proclamations disregard the deep historically Jewish attachment to the city and the fact that true freedom of worship for all three monotheistic religions has only occurred under Jewish rule. They ignore the fact that Jerusalem has had a Jewish majority, not an Arab one, for over 100 years and that even a majority of the city’s Arab population prefer Israeli rule to the Palestinian Authority’s dictatorship.

However, strangely enough, many of these same political leaders who make these proclomations are not inherently hostile towards Israel. Indeed, the very same people who often claim that they respect Israel’s security needs and state that they support Israel’s right to exist as Jewish state will also proclaim that Israel needs to accept the establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders and the division of Jerusalem.Yet, what many fail to grasp is that the division of Jerusalem is contrary to the security and sovereignty of the State of Israel.

Anyone who has any doubt what a future Palestinian state will look like need look no further than Gaza. When Israel controlled Gaza, the coastal strip was full of beautiful Jewish agricultural communities with lovely greenhouses full of beautiful plants. When Israel withdrew from Gaza, she left the greenhouses in place, thinking that they would assist the local Palestinians economically. The first thing that the Palestinians did upon the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza was to destroy them and convert them into rocket launching sites. As a result, all Israeli communities that live close to Gaza have been under a constant barrage of terror attacks ever since.

A Jewish withdrawal of half of Jerusalem would make the situation in Sderot look like paradise. For starters, the Jews would be cut off from the Kotel–one of the holiest shrines in Judaism, as well as the Old City’s numerous historic synagogues, such as the Hurva and Four Sephardic Synagogues. Jews would also be cut off from the Mount of Olives Cemetery, where Menechem Begin and many prominent Jewish thinkers are buried, as well as The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the French Hill neighborhood. Additionally, this places the great archaeological finds of the City of David Archaeological Park into the hands of people who don’t even respect the preservation of Islamic history, much less the history of others.  Jews would also be barred from visiting the grave of Shimon Ha-Tzadik or King David.

If this were not enough, the entire nation of Israel would be within the reach of Palestinian terror organizations. The hills of Judea and Samaria right outside Jerusalem would be utilized to launch rockets at Ben-Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Netanya, and even Haifa. Thus, almost all of Israel, and not just the southern part, would be living under rocket fire.

No Israeli citizen would be out of the reach of the Palestinian terror organizations should Israel withdraw to the 1967 borders and re-divide Jerusalem. For these reasons, it is pivotal that Jerusalem remain the undivided capital of the Jewish people.

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About the Author: Rachel Avraham is a news editor and political analyst for Jerusalem Online News, the English language internet edition of Israel's Channel 2 News. She completed her masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University. The subject of her MA thesis was: "Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab media."


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5 Responses to “Keep Jerusalem United!”

  1. President Obama recently ordered Israel to go back to the 1967 borders calling for the division of Jerusalem. The EU followed on the same tracks. Even though the America Congress voted in 1995 an 2002 in favor of Jerusalem as one and undivided capital of Israel, the two presidents Bill Clinton and G. Bush did not render executive the two Congress Acts. The US policy is so little adamant about Jerusalem fate. Thanks!

  2. I will urge the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stand his ground, and respect the integrity of Jerusalem. Do not give up the City to Muslim predators, ni the U.S. or the EU. They do not get the picture at all! I do not want to see this beautiful city divided by political decistions made by outsiders. The world is bent on forcing Israel to give up her Holy city. I very much hope God takes charge of the situation, and puts Israel enemies under curse for doing this, including the Palestinians, Americans, and Europeans. God is not a joke, and those Islamic believers should stay away from the City. The Quran is not the Bible, and God is not Allah, so keep your hands off Jerusalem. I will urge the Kneset to really fight this one very hard, and if it comes to war, then so be it, but Jerusalem will remain undivided, and be under Israels sovereignty for all the religions to worhsip. If you give up Jerusalem, then you are loosing the most precious Jewel to the trash of the world. JERUSALEM MUST REMAIN UNDIVIDED. YOU MUST FIGHT EVEN THE WORLD TURN YOUR BACK ON YOU. YOU HAVE THE MEANS TO DEFEND HER, THEN DO IT. The Holy Land is for the Jewish; do not forget that. Left-wing politicians do not care about Jerusalem, but the Likud party and you, Mr. Prime Minister Netanyahu do….

  3. Why would anyone listen to Obama, He is not a christian, He is on the side of the Palestianians, and part of the muslim brotherhood. Jerusalem belongs to Israel, as spoken of by the Lord G-d of Israel, "Chronicles 2 chapter 6:6, "But I have chosen to Jerusalem that My Name might be there." Everyone knows that no one can thwart the will of the Lord G-d of Israel. so Israel stand firm and be strong in the Lord.

  4. Jerusalem is and always will be the most important and the most controversial issue between the Jewish State of Israel and it's enemies.

    But Israel must always be very careful to maintain a tolerant image.

    It must do everything possible to combat any incidents not matter how minor that.

    will be used as an excuse to deny all Jewish rights to Jerusalem.

    When a person in Syria cuts the heart out of his enemy and puts it in his mouth, it is not a big deal. Almost no one will hear about it. But if a Jewish boy spits on a Christian cleric it will be page one around the world. Even much more so if a Jewish child urinates on the Temple Mount.

    It is not possible to eliminate all bad behavior, but it must be a priority to minimize any and all provocative and bad behavior.

  5. True, he is a muslim and most Muslims R on the side of their brothers. Jerusalem will never be diveded we stand united forever!

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