O Jerusalem, Jerusalem

So said Jesus in Matthew 23:37-39 in the days just before his crucifixion. it was the center of Israel in the days when He was on earth as it had been for many hundreds of years before. Located about 40 miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea, it has often been described as the center of the world. Today, there are about 800,000 inhabitants or  about 10% of Israel’s population.

Those are some facts about the city. But, there seems to be much more to disagree about than to agree with when it comes to a city considered holy by so many. Jewish people claim it as their own, some dating their claim to the Biblical patriarch, Abraham. In 1967, after 20 years of division, Israeli military forces reunited the city, tearing down many physical boundaries. Today, over 40 years later, the furor has really not subsided. What to do about Jerusalem seems to lie dead center in any ” peace”  negotiations between Arab and Jew. It’s mine, no mine and on it goes.

American presidents from Eisenhower on to Obama have had to focus on Israel and Jerusalem in varying degrees in an attempt to be a mediator. Now Mr Obama has his opportunity to reverse what many(particularly Arabs) seem as a blatant United States bias towards Israel. Some Palestinian leaders even say that the President has promised a new Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Further , a senior adviser ( Nimer Hamad)to the Palestinian president says that the Obama administration says that this is in the American national and security interest. To add fuel to the debate, if such were necessary, Mr Obama is due to make a major speech aimed at the Arab world on June 4. It will given at  Cairo University  amid speculation as to what he will or will not say and what are the implications of his speech, its locale etc. Many  will applaud the effort and say it is high time reverse the excessively pro-Israel tilt under Bush. Geo politically, they are probably correct. But if Joel Rosenberg is correct( and he has been numerous times before )  the coming train wreck of United States-Israeli relations will resound far beyond the political.



The peace of Jerusalem- Psalms 122:6



May 31, 2009 - Posted by | Bible study, International politics | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. See great weasel zippers article for May 31. Also, chew on these two morsels. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu-“Jerusalem was always ours and will always be ours. It will never again be partitioned and divided.” US State Dept- Jerusalem “is a final status issue .”

    Comment by tarheeltalker | May 31, 2009 | Reply

  2. Oh Jerusalem is right! O Arab and Palestinian Jerusalem is even more right!!!

    Jews (actually, Zionists) have been brainwashing us with the claim to Palestine citing Abraham or the “state of Israel” having been there for thousands of years. Funny, but Judaism only started or appeared with the revelations of the TORAH (Moses).

    Funnier yet is how we are lead to believe that the Israelite and Israel are one and the same! Hogwash! The Israelite are the children of the Prophet Israel (Jacob). They have nothing to do with Judaism or the “state” of Israel. As a matter of fact they were true to their belief: Islam (submission) as defined then!

    So there was never a “state” of Israel.

    And as Dr. Shlomo Sand (an Israeli historian teaching in Tel Aviv) stated (http://attendingtheworld.wordpress.com/2008/03/23/shattering-a-national-mythology/):

    the modern Zionist idea of Jews being obligated to return from exile to the Promised Land was entirely alien to Judaism

    Dr. Sand believes an alternative theory is more plausible: the exile was a myth promoted by early Christians to recruit Jews to the new faith. “Christians wanted later generations of Jews to believe that their ancestors had been exiled as a punishment from God.”

    As much as Israel regards itself as the resurrection of the monumental Kingdom of David and Salomon, excavation that took place in the Old City of Jerusalem in the 1970’s revealed that David’s kingdom was no more than a tiny tribal setting. Evidence that was referred by Yigal Yadin to King Solomon had been refuted later by forensic tests made with Carbon 14. The discomforting fact has been scientifically established. The Bible is a fictional tale, and not much there can ground any glorifying existence of Hebraic people in Palestine at any stage.

    Read more here: http://attendingtheworld.wordpress.com/2008/09/02/the-wandering-who/

    “It is not taught in Israeli schools but most of the early Zionist leaders, including David Ben Gurion [Israel’s first prime minister], believed that the Palestinians were the descendants of the area’s original Jews. They believed the Jews had later converted to Islam.”


    Comment by attendingtheworld | May 31, 2009 | Reply

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