Every nation on this planet has been accorded the unchallenged right to choose which of their cities will be their capital – except for the Jewish State of Israel.
The nations who arrogate to themselves the right to choose their own capital have told Israel that 3000 years of history is irrelevant. Yassir Arafat (supported by oil rich Arab/Muslim nations and oil-consuming nations) has claimed Jerusalem as the capital of his future neo-state of Palestine because, he claims, Jerusalem is Islam’s third holiest city.
You may wonder, when Mohammed, the founder of Islam, rejected Jerusalem and chose Mecca, ‘Why is this claim by Muslims made now and accepted by the West?’ Mohammed never mentioned Jerusalem by name in the Koran, whereas, the Jewish Bible mentions it 667 times and three times daily in prayer facing toward Jerusalem from every part of the world.
There are several reasons: First, because the Jews miraculously reunited Jerusalem in 1967 and made her glow, therefore, now the Arabs want her. Second, Yassir Arafat, born in Egypt, has the task of unifying a people who migrated into Palestine from all parts of the Arab world as the Jews, returning to their ancient homeland, created jobs and improved health conditions. Drawing them under the umbrella of Jerusalem, with her ancient and illustrious history, would give the Palestinians an instant history.
The nations of the world are willing to accept this bit of historical revisionism because they believe (or at least hope) that the Arabs will be satisfied and cease their unending terrorism as a political response.
Great armies have swept through the region, bent on conquering the Land of Israel and her Capital Jerusalem. But, they craved more than the golden stones of the City. Then, as now, they wanted to own the mystique of the powerful invisible G-d, housed in the Temple built for Him by the Jews. Not having the privilege to confront the Deity, each built their own shrines on the foundations of the destroyed First and Second Temples of the Jewish people, trying to absorb the power of the Jews’ invisible Holy G-d. But, while Jerusalem was in their possession, no non-Jewish conqueror made Jerusalem their capital.
While Jordan had control over the eastern part of Jerusalem for 19 years from 1948 to 1967, no Arab leader visited the city and the Jews who lived in areas then controlled by Jordan were forced out or killed. The King destroyed 58 synagogues in what is now called Arab east Jerusalem and used the Jewish burial monuments on the Mount of Olives as paving stones for roads through this ancient Jewish cemetery and splash plates for urinals. The destruction and the severance of Jerusalem from the Jewish people was not merely a wanton act but one considered necessary by the Muslim clerics.
When Arafat complained that the City of Jerusalem was being Judaized, he reflected the Muslim belief that, if the Jews could be separated from their source of strength, they could be defeated…and he was right. Similarly, when the hair of Samson was shorn by the Philistines, he and the Jewish nation became weak and were easily defeated. While we in the West consider these beliefs trivial and mere fables, nevertheless, claiming Jerusalem as Muslim has now become a tenet of their faith which is being manipulated for political reasons.
Herein lies the claim by the Arab nations that Jerusalem is their third holiest city. The Jews have Jerusalem; she makes them powerful. The Arab armies have lost to Israel six times. Therefore, Islam must retake the City in blood – not by treaty. The Jews must not be allowed to have this City as their capital and Jerusalem must be made Muslim as soon as possible. They proclaim this freely and often.
Arafat has repeatedly declared since he signed Oslo September 1993 that: “We will take the whole Land of Israel from the River (Jordan) to the Sea (Mediterranean), and Jerusalem will be the capital of that State and only that State – and whoever doesn’t like it, can go drink Gaza (or Dead) Sea water.” His maps, stationary, official documents, soldiers’ insignias, TV station logos, children’s textbooks, etc. all show “Palestine” superimposed totally over the State of Israel.
It must be difficult for most Westerners to understand that an ancient war over who are the Chosen servants of G-d continues on in modern times. Presently, the PC (politically correct) method of separating the Jews from Jerusalem is to demand internationalization and freedom of worship for all peoples. Any first year theology or history student already knows that, every conqueror of Jerusalem denied freedom of worship to all others – until the Israeli Jews reclaimed Jerusalem in 1967. They passed a law which mandates freedom of religion and access to all Temples, Shrines, Churches and Mosques. All are welcome and delighted with their warm reception.
The same cannot be said for the Muslims who have always denied access for Jews who wish to pray at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Tombs of the Patriarchs in Hebron and other Holy Jewish Sites. In the Arab world at large, especially Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Libya the ‘people of the book’ (both Jews and Christians who follow the Bible) are not hospitably received or simply denied entry, but called “Dhimmis”, a second-class, tolerated people who must pay a special tax to be “protected”.
Regrettably, there are non-observant Jews with little regard for national memory who are ready to barter Jerusalem, with the unsubstantiated concept that this final concession will bring peace. This is unlikely, since the Arabs suffer the Shame of having lost six wars to the Jews, they must reclaim their Pride through war and not a paper agreement.