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Posted on 02/13/2011 9:28:15 AM PST by PRePublic
'Let the Jews have Jerusalem' Daily Caller - Robert Morrison - Jan 26, 2011
Let the Jews have Jerusalem. It is they who made it famous.
Those words from Winston Churchill were directed at his own Foreign Office in 1954. The prime minister was irritated by career diplomats bias toward the Arabs. Churchill had read from childhood the words of the Psalmist: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Ps. 122:6). He was a constant friend to the Jews.
When Churchill spoke, the Western Wall, Judaisms holiest place, was off-limits to Jews. Thats because the Jordanians had occupied East Jerusalem since the partition of 1948. They had preserved the Muslim holy places, and allowed Christians some entry, but the Jews were forbidden.
Since 1967, Israel has controlled all of Jerusalem. That control was established when Israeli tanks smashed their way through the famed Mandelbaum Gate. It was the climactic moment in a six-day war that began when Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser kicked out UN peacekeepers, blockaded the Israeli port of Eilat, and called upon all Arabs to drive the Jews into the sea. The U.S. and international law recognized Nassers actions as acts of war.
Now, the Obama administration wants to negotiate away Israels control of Jerusalem.
Should we pray for pieces of Jerusalem? Thats all that will be left if the administrations policy is not changed.
President Obama went to Jakarta in November to deliver a stern warning to Israelis not to build any apartments for Jews in East Jerusalem. Of course, Jews could never rent apartments in Jakarta, because Indonesia bans Israelis from even setting foot in their country.
Yet Indonesia is a nation our president points to as a model of Muslim tolerance and moderation. It is also a land where Catholic schoolgirls are beheaded as they walk to school.
President Obama and Secretary Clinton have refused to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as they promised to do during the campaign. Pro-Arab bureaucrats in our State Department have apparently talked them out of it.
By way of contrast, our U.S. Embassy in Germany picked up and moved from Bonn to Berlin when Germany was reunited. Jerusalem has not been given this honor.
Does anyone else think its strange that Germany against whom the United Nations was first organized gets to name its own capital? Or that the Obama administration respects that designation by sending an ambassador there? Who could imagine the president speaking out about plans for more housing in what was once East or West Berlin? The point is not to de-legitimize Berlin, but to give Jerusalem its proper place.
Giving up Jewish control of Jerusalem will not bring peace. Under Israeli auspices, Muslims, Christians and Jews are all allowed access to their sacred spaces. Surely, this generous action contributes mightily to the peace of the world. This policy ought to gain the Israelis some credit.
The level of openness and genuine tolerance in Israel occurs nowhere in the lands where Islam predominates. Churches in Egypt and Iraq have been bombed in recent days. Scores of Christian worshipers have been murdered. The pope has prayed for the victims and begged the West to help stop the persecution of the Church in Muslim lands.
We Americans are taxed to pay billions to Egyptian and Iraqi governments that this administration says are friendly. Secretary Clinton is demanding an additional $160 million to be paid out to the so-called Palestinian Authority (né PLO), the inventors of airline hijacking, for questionable humanitarian purposes. In PLO-ruled portions of the West Bank, children dress up as suicide bombers in schools named for martyrs who blew themselves up in past terrorist attacks.
Whenever Christian or Jewish houses of worship come under Muslim control, the results are terrible. When Muslims conquered Constantinople in 1453, they promptly converted the Hagia Sophia cathedral into a mosque, smashing Byzantine icons and desecrating crosses.
Modern Turkey controls the Hagia Sophia today. When Pope Benedict XVI visited in 2006, he was not permitted to cross himself as he passed the threshold of what was once one of Christendoms greatest shrines. That simple, peaceful gesture would have provoked worldwide riots, the pontiff was told. Catholic schoolgirls in places like Indonesia might have paid with their lives had the pope made such a sign.
We know that President Obama does not think highly of Winston Churchill. He gave a bust of Churchill that resided in the White House back to the British. According to the Daily Telegraph, Obamas family suspects that Churchill had Obamas Kenyan grandfather tortured.
But President Obama surely must hear the cries of the persecuted church. Yet his words and actions fail to show it.
We want the oppressed of many lands to look to America as their friend. Thats the way the persecuted Jews and Christians of Europe viewed Churchill in World War II. One Jewish survivor of a Soviet labor camp spoke for millions when he said: We had no bread, but we had Churchill. Who among todays persecuted will say: We have Obama?
Robert Morrison is Senior Fellow at the Family Research Council.
This is how I remember it:
Dayan had ordered his troops not to enter East Jerusalem; however, upon hearing that the UN was about to declare a ceasefire, he changed his mind, and without cabinet clearance, decided to capture it. Gur's paratroopers* entered the Old City of Jerusalem via the Lion's Gate, and captured the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.It sort of makes everything else in the article suspect.
from Wikipedia, emphasis added
*I know of one of them who was killed.
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Doesn't Israel ban Jews from the Temple Mount (where muslims are free to travel and vandalize)?
No. You can go up there. I never have. (I did once go up to a gate in the Moslem Quarter where I might have been just slightly on it. And there were Israeli soldier guards there. I'm not sure who they might stop, but I doubt they would have stopped me from going further.) I've seen long videos from people (Orthodox Jews) who have done a complete of the Temple Mount.
“Those words from Winston Churchill were directed at his own Foreign Office in 1954. The prime minister was irritated by career diplomats bias toward the Arabs. Churchill had read from childhood the words of the Psalmist: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Ps. 122:6). He was a constant friend to the Jews. “
That’s why he signed the White Paper in 1939? That’s why he blockaded the coast of Israel and barred refugees from entering throughout WW II and afterward? Some “constant friend of the Jews”.
One other issue I have with the article. Gamel Nasser didn’t kick out the UNEF from the Sinai and Ghaza. They ran like scared rabbits at the first scent of war. Some “peacekeepers.” (See Bernard Reich, Quest for Peace, Transaction Books, 1977, for details).
“Should we pray for pieces of Jerusalem? Thats all that will be left if the administrations policy is not changed. “
I don’t think that’s a realistic prognosis. The administration of the executive branch of the US government does not have jurisdiction over the State of Israel, a sovereign nation. We got along here before the US became our best buds. We’ll get along fine without the US, too. As for Obama, I gotta thank him. He convinced me to bolt the US while the dollar was still worth something, and now I’m having the time of my life. Thank you, O. Hope there’ll be a change one day (especially in Washington), but whether or not there is, I’m happy here.
“Doesn’t Israel ban Jews from the Temple Mount
No. You can go up there.”
You’re just not allowed to pray there. Jewish prayers, you see, constitute an ipso fatso (sic) desecration of a Muse limp (sic) holy site, which is all the Temple Mount is legally considered...for now.
Parliamentary debates: Official report: Volume 347, Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons - [H.M. Stationery Off., ] 1939 - [23 May 1939, pp. 2178-2179]
[Churchill:...] They have harnessed the Jordan and spread its electricity throughout the land. So far from being persecuted, the Arabs have crowded into the country and multiplied till their population has increased more than even all world Jewry could lift up the Jewish population. Now we are asked to decree that all this is to stop and all this is to come to an end. We are now asked to submit and this is what rankles most with me to an agitation which is fed with foreign money and ceaselessly inflamed by Nazi and by Fascist propaganda.
He deplored it, but he signed it. Either way, he signed it, and a few million Jews who might have been saved were incinerated. If a tenth of them had made it to Israel, Gush Etzion and perhaps the whole Judah and Shomron might have been salvaged in 1948, and there would have been no protesting the “occupation,” because the “green line” would have been drawn on the East Bank of the Jordan River.
The “immense pressure” was ginned up by the Cairo-Khartoum cabal, and further exacerbated by German agents in the 1930s. With 600,000 more Jews on the ground instead of in it, there would have been no “immense pressure,” because the Arabs would have been either running scared or working hard to build the land together with the Jews (fatalists such as Muslims do bow to the inevitable, provided it looks inevitable to them; equivocate and they’ll leap at your throat).
So I’m sorry, but “immense pressure” doesn’t excuse it. Winston Churchill was a great man in many ways, but caving to that pressure was not his finest hour.
I agree with you.
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