Atarot's sister-settlement, N'vei Yaakov, has now become two flourishing Jewish neighborhoods – N'vei Yaakov and Pisgat Ze'ev – in which many tens of thousands of residents reside.
A weakened Jerusalem significantly weakens Israel and its value to the United States.
According to Biden, the U.S. should have kept the Jerusalem carrot hanging just out of Israel's reach for as long as possible until America could squeeze out every possible Israeli concession.
The removal of the neighborhoods outside the security barrier from Jerusalem could be acceptable if they were to become separate Israeli municipalities.
For decades, Arabs in eastern Jerusalem have been building illegally, with the government and municipality barely contesting them (unlike the much stricter enforcement in the Jewish sections).
For Islam, which was founded when Judaism was about 2,500 years old, Jerusalem is only its third holiest city, following Mecca and Medina.
We must ensure that Yerushalayim remains united under Israeli sovereignty with a large Jewish majority. History, ethics, security, and simple logic all indicate that we must stand firm in the face of international Muslim pressure and propaganda.
The truth must be told. Had Netanyahu actually taken the steps he has so often outlined to build up the Jewish presence in Yerushalayim, Israel would not now be under the gun not to take the steps so necessary to ensuring full Jewish sovereignty in the Holy Land.
Are these Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem to b e given over to the Palestinians as part of the Trump Plan technically part of Jerusalem? The answer depends on how one looks at Jerusalem's complex and often fluctuating borders. The many changes in the city's borders over the past century have left several neighborhoods in a state of uncertainty.
In June 2015, a survey carried out by the PA-based Palestinian Center for Public Opinion found that 52 percent of Arabs living in eastern Jerusalem said they would prefer to be citizens of Israel. Note that this counts only those who weren’t afraid to reply to the pollster.
Arabs who live in eastern Jerusalem will not be allowed to set the stage for a PA state that includes Israel's capital.
Jerusalem is facing a double attack in the form of both illegal and legal Arab construction. This comes together with watered-down levels of Jewish construction in non-critical areas. The bottom line is that if not enough homes are built for Jews, and too many are built for Arabs
So, yes, Yerushalayim is becoming a more "open" city, but that means we need to significantly increase and expand the Jewish presence in it. Only a strong Jewish majority will ensure and secure Jerusalem for generations to come and enable us to continue to advance toward the Jerusalem envisioned by our prophets
This trend spells disaster not only for the Jews in Jerusalem, but for the State of Israel, which is liable to face pressure to divide the city in order to maintain its Jewish majority. If the current rates continue, Jerusalem's Arab population could actually reach parity with the Jewish population within 10-15 years.
The international community should relate to Palestinians’ claims to Jerusalem as nothing more than the desire to do away with Israel.
Should Arab schools in Jerusalem use Israel’s syllabus or that of the Palestinian Authority? At present, only a small minority of schools in eastern Jerusalem are under the auspices of Israel's Education Ministry – to the detriment of all peace efforts.
In actual fact, Palestinian Arabs have precisely zero national rights to Jerusalem. The nutshell story is that in 1922, the League of Nations issued a unanimously-approved Mandate for Palestine which stated that the entire area, including Judea and Samaria, belongs to the Jewish People. This document was never replaced or modified by any other decision
Hamas today has footholds in several neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem,
Aliyah to Jerusalem must continue and increase, all efforts to Islamicize Jerusalem must be firmly rebuffed, and Israel must assert its sovereignty throughout united Jerusalem in every way.
hTe end goal of these Temple Mount terrorists: to detach the Jewish People from the source of their national strength and history.
The question of who owns which land in Jerusalem, and where Arabs or Jews will build and expand, has significance well beyond the borders of the city or even the country
The mall, however, has already drawn Fatah boycott calls as well as several Arab-hurled firebombs.
Keep in mind that the "Muslim Quarter" was never exclusively Muslim; Jews and Christians used to live there as well. However, the Jews were compelled to leave their homes there in the wake of the 1929 Muslim riots. Finally, we are reclaiming it, one house at a time
Let’s clear the table and tell the "narrative" as it really is: Jerusalem was chosen as the Jewish people's national and religious center before the dawn of organized religion. Other religions followed suit and declared it their own holy city – with catastrophic results during various periods of history.
Jacques Gauthier, a non-Jewish Canadian lawyer who spent 20 years researching the issue, has concluded: "Jerusalem belongs to the Jews, by international law." His doctoral dissertation on the legal history of Jerusalem, based on an un-broken series of international treaties and resolutions over the course of the past century, demonstrates that the League of Nations and the United Nations gave the Jewish people title to the city of Jerusalem.
There is a slowly growing trend of Jews returning to their historic homes in presently Arab-majority neighborhoods. Let the trend grow
If Jerusalem were to be divided, Arab residents would abandon the eastern side, and move to west Jerusalem to retain the benefits that Israel provides. In turn, they would be replaced by terrorist and/or anarchistic elements that would turn the area into a war zone.
A modern-day record for the number of Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount was set this week on Jerusalem Day – 2,046 Jews! Among them were many who sang and danced, "May G-d rebuild His House soon!" a healthy expression of the Jewish People singing its joy at returning to its land and city.
President Trump has not yet given his "permission" to build the Third Temple, but he seems to have gone a fair ways towards taking his place in Jewish history.
The Greek Orthodox Church found another way to circumvent its own rules against selling the land. In 2011, it sold the future leasing rights on most of its Jerusalem holdings to a private group of Jewish investors. It is the uncertainty of the future that creates unease