Sunday, May 20, 2012

Israel Will Not (And Should Not) Divide Jerusalem

Mike L.

Netanyahu speaks at Jerusalem Day ceremony, says "Israel without Jerusalem is like a body without a heart," adds that those who want to divide Israel's capital are misguided.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel will continue to build and develop the capital city of Jerusalem.

Speaking a Jerusalem Day ceremony at Ammunition Hill, Netanyahu said that "Israel without Jerusalem is like a body without a heart."

"The people who say that we should split Jerusalem believe that this would bring peace," he said. "They believe it, but they are wrong... Jerusalem is the heart of the Jewish people and it will not be divided."

In my not so humble opinion, the Palestinian Arabs could have had the eastern section of Jerusalem for a capital of a Palestinian state, if they were willing to accept a state for themselves in peace next to the Jewish one. The fact of the matter is that they have, time and again, refused to live in peace next to their Jewish neighbors.

This being the case they have forfeited any consideration regarding a possible Palestinian capital in the city of Jerusalem.

Let them make their capital in Ramallah.

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  1. Whether or not Israel should divide Jerusalem is a moot discussion. (With the noted exception of the eastern part of the old city.) It isn't going to happen. Not a chance, no way, no how. And I guess technically, because I do pick nits, it's even less than moot. Proceed.

    1. It might be interesting if they held a referendum of those that live there.

    2. I agree with you, Stu, but I do not know that the Palestinians do so.

  2. Regarding the old city, I'd be shocked if it was much less than 90% support for keeping it within final borders at all costs. Obviously, the new city isn't an issue. Much of the rest of eastern jerusalem....I think most Israelis would rather keep the Golan. (I didn't make that up, there was a poll on that a few years ago.) That may have changed slightly over the last few years.

  3. It's not as it important as it was in the past to keep the Golan Heights. We, by we I am referring to us as a people not just Israel, when we took them it was a good move for security reasons, now with so much technology at our fingertips, it's not as important.

    I personally think we should hang on to the whole of Jerusalem. I think Netanyahu is right. It’s our heart and soul.

    1. Right, if it's a security issue now, it's not a major one. But as a vacation destination, it's something a lot of Iraeli's wouldn't want to give up.

    2. Spot on Stuart and I didn't make it there either.!
      On the same subject this piece just arrived

      "Israel’s Left Calling for Abolition of Jerusalem Day"