Jerusalem is the capital of Israel
Something ugly is once again growing in the “organized” Jewish community, namely, the unmanly art of “avoidance”. The subject is the building of an American Embassy in Jerusalem as Congress mandated by law should be done by May 31, 1999.
On April 25th Jews are coming to rally in Washington to press for a positive conclusion to this sad state of political affairs between Washington and Jerusalem. The opposition, President Clinton, Madeleine Albright, the Vatican, in addition to the Arabs, does not want Jerusalem designated as the capital of the Jewish nation. Instead, they want Jerusalem to become some sort of internationalized city where all are supposedly free to worship.
Over the centuries, when Jerusalem was in the hands of either her Christian or Moslem conquerors, neither allowed the other freedom of worship and both denied such basic freedom to the Jews. After 1948 the Jews codified into law the right to worship for all and Israel has assisted various religions to have absolutely unimpeded access to their shrines, churches and mosques. The visiting Christian clergy and lay visitors give rave reviews to Israel’s care and their easy access to their holy sites. But, not so the Muslims, although Israel has given them full access to their holy places – even over the rights of Jews to pray at their holy sites.
The German rotating head of the EU (European Union) issued a dictum telling Israel that “Jerusalem is NOT their territory or capital.” The Europeans showed their visceral hatred by turning in their Jews to the Nazis during WWII and is again showing their deadly racism. President Clinton, closely linked to the EU, is fighting the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by refusing to place its Embassy there, in deference to Arab Moslem claims which are almost delusional in their paucity of supporting fact. A telling example is that the Moslem Koran never mentions Jerusalem once and the Bible mentions Jerusalem 667 times.
One very serious problem in correcting this anomaly seems to stem from our liberal Jewish organizations who are carrying avoidance to a high state of the art. When asked to join in meetings or rallies to support Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, they plead such excuses that it’s too political or refuse to inform their groups or find some other inane excuse for their absence in order not to risk confronting Clinton and Albright, et al. They seem to fear losing their “privilege” of being invited to special White House “briefings” to rub shoulders with American royalty. This isn’t the problem of the “Mouse that Roared” losing its voice but that the mouse cannot bring itself to even squeak.
To a few of the so-called leaders of our community: you are shirking your responsibilities to your members, to the State of Israel, to Jerusalem, the only capital the Jewish people ever had and to the Jewish people, the only people who ever made Jerusalem their capital.
My next essay will specify by name those who were contacted and either offered poor excuses for not doing their best or who refuse outright to try to persuade Congress to force Clinton and the State Department to comply with Congressional Legislation or to cut State Department funding until their embargo against Jerusalem is cured.