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Helping Romney Support Jewish Jerusalem


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In the heat of the American election campaign, it’s fascinating to note the large part being played by Israel’s capital, Jerusalem – at least in the Mitt Romney campaign.

Earlier this month, the Romney campaign aired its first foreign policy television ad, which focused on Israel and President Obama’s apparent refusal to recognize Jerusalem as its capital.

“Who shares your values?” the commercial narrator asks as an image of Obama appears. “As president, Barack Obama has never visited Israel, and refuses to recognize Jerusalem as its capital.”

The final shot in the 30-second spot shows candidate Romney standing aside the Old City walls of Jerusalem, saying, “It’s a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.”

He is far from the first U.S. presidential candidate to express sentiments so warming to the Jewish-Zionist heart and ear. Even Obama himself, when he was running for president four years ago, received thunderous applause at an AIPAC event when he promised, “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”

Yet this didn’t stop Obama from taking a cold stance toward Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem once he assumed office. Can we assume a President Romney will be much different?

Romney’s strategists apparently feel strongly that his statements of solidarity with Jewish Jerusalem will help him in terms of both the Jewish and evangelical publics. But how likely is it that he will be pressured to actually move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim if he moves into the White House?

The answer is that he would be quite strongly pressured to do so if knowledge and education about Jerusalem were more widespread. At present, understanding of Israel’s historical, national, security and international rights to a united Jerusalem under its sole sovereignty is lacking among the general public, American Jewry, and the political echelons of the administration.

We therefore present, once again, the Top Ten Reasons Why Jerusalem Must Remain Israeli and Undivided. Please clip and quote.

History: Jerusalem served as capital of a Jewish state as early as 2,880 years ago – and was never the capital of any other nation. The Arabs of the Land of Israel were never an independent nation – and certainly never claimed that Jerusalem was their capital. As a matter of fact, the original PLO Charter of 1964 does not even mention Jerusalem.

Sanctity: Jerusalem has been the world’s #1 holy spot for Jews from time immemorial, beginning with the Binding of Isaac on Mt. Moriah (Genesis 22:2) and continuing with the construction of the Holy Temples there. Jerusalem is mentioned 641 times in the Bible.

For Islam, which was founded when Judaism was about 2,500 years old, Jerusalem is only third holiest, following Mecca and Medina. Its sanctity in Islam is founded upon a supposedly miraculous horse journey taken by Muhammad to what the Koran obliquely calls “the farthest Mosque” (17,1); some Islamic commentaries say this refers to the site of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, while others say this refers to a mosque in Saudi Arabia. Otherwise, Jerusalem is mentioned zero (0) times in the Koran.

Historically, Islam acknowledges Jerusalem’s sanctity only when necessary, such as when Muhammad wanted to attract Jews to his new religion, or when Zionists began returning to the city and reawakening its Jewish character.

Legal Rights: Jewish legal Jewish rights to Jerusalem, as well as to Judea and Samaria, were unanimously and internationally recognized in 1922 by the League of Nations, based on the San Remo Conference of two years earlier. No similar rights were accorded to Arabs.

Demography: Jews have been the majority population in Jerusalem since at least the 1870s and have constituted the largest single group of inhabitants there since the 1840s. They have been living in the city continuously for nearly two millennia. Today, the Jewish population just in the areas liberated in 1967 (popularly known as eastern Jerusalem) is close to 250,000, compared to 208,000 Arabs in these areas (according to a Palestinian Authority census in 2008). Nearly half of all Jerusalem’s Jews live in these areas.

Strategic Importance: Holding on to the high ground in Jerusalem is of paramount strategic and security importance. Dividing Jerusalem will hand over all the high ground to the Arabs.

Security: Dividing Jerusalem would lead to disorder from a municipal standpoint and to downright chaos in terms of security. The various Arab terror groups would compete for supremacy, imperiling the security and well being of residents and tourists on both sides of the city.

Democracy: Most Arabs in Jerusalem do not want to come under PA or Hamas control and give up their Israeli benefits, financial and otherwise.

Religious Freedom and Holy Sites: Under Israeli control, Jerusalem has become an open city, embracing all religions. Only Israel can guarantee that it will remain this way, and that holy sites will be freely accessible to all. Past Jordanian control of Jerusalem, PA control of Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem (Nablus), and the desecration by PLO terrorists of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in May 2002 are examples of abuse of Jewish and Christian holy sites.

International Tensions: A change in Jerusalem’s political status quo, and the ensuing tensions in the city, would lead to similar tensions around the world between Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

Ramifications on the Rest of Israel: Arab control of even part of Jerusalem, and especially as its capital, would not only be a blow to Israeli sovereignty and identity but would also embolden Arab aspirations to continue to chip away at the rest of Israel. Such aspirations are clearly spelled out in the original PLO Charter, which calls repeatedly and unambiguously for the violent “liberation of Palestine.” They are also a fundamental element of the PLO’s “Phased Plan” of 1974, which calls for the destruction of Israel through stages.

For more information on how to participate in keeping Jerusalem Jewish, via updates, bus tours of critical parts of Jerusalem, and more, send an e-mail to tours@keepjerusalem.org or visit the Keep Jerusalem-Im Eshkachech website at www.keepjerusalem.org.

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 reside in Beit El.

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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5 Responses to “Helping Romney Support Jewish Jerusalem”

  1. Peter Bweststudio says:

    Obama has never visited Isreal…never… he is not a friend of Isreal.. Jewish American Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants, Orthodox, Hasidim all will vote for Romney…. its the democrat jewish union workers like the UFT that will support Obama and of course the Barbara Stri and Jessica P hollywood fools… Wake up jewish community…
    Also Gay Community wake up do you know? that Arab Gays flock to Tel Aviv for safety and freedom.. They are murdered and torchered in the arab world. What's more important supporting Isreal by voting for Romney and protecting inocent gays or arguing on gay marriage voting for Obama and killing inocent gays and jews in Tel aviv. Isreal see " 2016 Obamas America" by Schindlers list producer.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What we have here is disrespect for your way of life and beliefs. These coward's really are to weak and afraid to say anything while you are a live and might fight back, so they just write your whole life and the lives of your forefathers off. They are like body snatchers but they do it virtually in a book. This is not the American way and for a highly educated person like Mitt Romney to not only not condemn this ritual but as far as I know he even participated in this is, not acceptable. This is the ultimate insult and thus he is DISQUALIFIED to lead the citizens of the United states. The fact that the Morman church claims to have stopped doing this has nothing to do with Mitt Romney not being proactive and stopping this.

  3. The embassy in Jerusalem would add tremendous security to Israel. A simple way to add clout to Israels ability to defend herself.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The documentary showing across America titled ' 2016: Obama's America ' provides a lot of insight into Obama's influences in his life, and it is a must see film for all American voters. Obama supporters will, also, enjoy this movie since it will answer a lot of questions about Obama's early influences in his life and what his agenda will probably be in a second term if re-elected. Just saw the movie yesterday in Ohio to a packed audience and at the end of the movie, most people were applauding.

  5. בַּר פִּינְחָס says:

    Like so many people, nobody exactly knows what these politicians are up to.
    In Pirke-Avot (Chapter 2: 3) there is a clear warning regarding the people in power and how they will approach people to get what they themselves need.

    As we, and please be honest and admit it, can not predict the future and so we do not know what we can expect either from Obama or from Romney.
    The only thing we can do is serve G'd in all the ways He told us to, keep His commandments as Jews, and ask Hashem to give us the right president and right friend in the right time.

    Eventually everything is made for the glory of Hashem's name: we have the choice to contribute to His glory or (Chas veChalila) to defile His holy name…….the choice is ours.

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