Let us not forget that Jerusalem has always been the favored target of Arab terrorists. Since the start of the Oslo War, close to 220 Jerusalemites have been murdered, in hundreds of attacks. Those who favor a two-state solution may say they seek peace, but their plans would simply facilitate and encourage more bus attacks, bombs, and stabbings.
According to Jerusalem expert and Keep Jerusalem Advisory Board member Nadav Shragai, “security dangers” are not simply a nuisance that can be brushed off with better military procedures and readiness; they are an outright national “strategic danger.” He writes that “internal terrorism and the Intifada brought Israel to sign the Oslo Accords; to change its traditional unambiguous positions; to lose territorial assets; to end its military presence in southern Lebanon with no arrangement; and to Disengage from Gaza. We can therefore no longer relate to terrorism as just an ‘ongoing security risk’ alone.”
The many thousands of rifles and submachine guns in the PA-controlled areas could easily end up being brought toward Jerusalem, Shragai warns, “and from there to the villages and neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem.”
Dividing Jerusalem, therefore, is not just a preferred “diplomatic solution,” as much of the world community would like to view it. It would mean daily security risks for our capital and turning many Jewish neighborhoods into vulnerable border towns. This would inevitably have a seismic effect on the rest of Israel and the welfare of the Jewish people as a whole.
When you next read or hear of the proposal to divide Jerusalem, keep in mind what it really means.
About the Author: Chaim Silberstein is president of Keep Jerusalem-Im Eshkachech and the Jerusalem Capital Development Fund. He was formerly a senior adviser to Israel's minister of tourism. Hillel Fendel, past senior editor at Israel National News/Arutz-7, is a veteran writer on Jerusalem affairs. Both have lived in Jerusalem and now live in Beit El.
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