December 21, 2007

Jerusalem has been the only capital of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years

The truth of the matter is that the overwhelming majority of Israeli Jews would not permit the division of Jerusalem again. Among those who consider the whole of Jerusalem as Israel's capital city are people from the left right and center and not only "diehard nationalists". As for the future, the importance of Jerusalem for the Jewish people is first and foremost the Old City within which is Har ha-Bait (temple mount) and its immediate vicinity, including the Mount of Olives, the Shiloah Spring/Ir David, Mount Zion, Kever Shim'on Hatzadik, etc. Also of importance to the Jewish people are the Jewish neighborhoods in the city.

Jerusalem, it is very important to understand, has been the only capital of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years of which it has been the capital of the state of Israel for the past 60 years, and the most important site in Jewish civilization and religion, the most important one! By contrast, Jerusalem has never been the capital city or any other people or any other state, never! And Jerusalem is only of a secondary importance for Islam! Hence with any future accommodation between Israel and its Arab neighbors I strongly propose that the Old City of Jerusalem and its immediate vicinity remain under Israeli sovereignty. I also suggest that all Jewish neighborhoods of the city outside of the Old City remain under Israeli sovereignty.

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