Skip to comments.Netanyahu: Obama Will Try to Internationalize Jerusalem Sites
Posted on 01/28/2009 8:39:17 AM PST by SJackson
(IsraelNN.com) Likud party chairman and Knesset Opposition leader MK Binyamin Netanyahu warned at the Jerusalem Conference Wednesday that the Obama administration and leftist Israeli politicians will try to internationalize holy sites in Jerusalem -- and he vowed to fight the move.
Netanyahu speech starts at 1:00 minute mark in video below.
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Netanyahu told the audience, Some politicians are trying to blur the importance of the Temple Mount to the Jewish People by referring to it as the Holy Basin. We, as Jews, know who built the Temple Mount.
The term Holy Basin refers to the area of the Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion and a variety of Christian holy sites which the administration of former U.S. President Bill Clinton recommended be administered under a special regime.
This raises the issue of who would administer the Temple Mount, since at present the Wakf Islamic Authority controls the site, albeit under Israeli sovereignty. Moreover, the Arab neighborhoods surrounding the Temple Mount, home to tens of thousands of Israeli Arab residents, are also a part of greater Jerusalem, and thereby fall into the same discussion.
Former prime minister Netanyahu, who will likely return to his old leadership role after the February 10 Israel elections, repeatedly emphasized the Likuds loyalty to the concept of a united Jerusalem.
We have demonstrated in the past, and will continue to demonstrate our commitment to a complete, undivided Jerusalem, Netanyahu assured a packed hall at the Jerusalem Regency Hotel, where he opened the final day of the Jerusalem Conference.
What would have happened had we not built all those neighborhoods around the central part of the capital after the Six-Day War, Netanyahu asked. Jerusalem would have been choked. Moreover, he said, transferring sovereignty over those areas to the Palestinian Authority is not an option.
Everyone knows what will happen if we were to leave those areas and divide Jerusalem. Someone will enter and that someone will be Hamas.
Dividing the capital, or resurrecting the specter of internationalizing the Holy Basin, this time at the recommendation of the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, would cause more problems even for the international community that it would solve, he added.
The three major religions of the world exist in peace, have access to all their sites, only because Jerusalem is united and under Israeli rule, Netanyahu contended, adding in deliberately Hebrew-accented English, If it aint broke, dont fix it!
After Netanyahu's Jerusalem Conference speech, he convened with his fellow party member Dr. Yuval Steinitz and Ichud Leumi (National Union) party Chairman Yaakov Katz. Katz asked the Likud chairman what his plans are for a coalition after the Israel elections. Netanyahu responded, "We will establish a broad coalition based on all the Zionist parties - blue and orange." [Orange is the color associated with the Ichud Leumi (National Union) party and its supporters].
The meeting between Netanyahu and Katz was held in a positive atmosphere with reciprocal intentions for developing a close working relationship. Katz later told reporters, "Only a strong Ichud Leumi (National Union) in the Knesset will insure that all the good intentions of the government will be implemented."
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Probably political posturing on Bibi's part. If Obama thinks he's going to create an international city in Jerusalem, he's smoking something other than tobacco.
We know what to ‘internationalize’ means in the modern lexicon.
Don’t take this the wrong way, but that’s some of the best news I’ve heard yet.
The biggest obstacle to Mid East peace (beyond psychotic Muslims) is the issue of Jerusalem.
The best solution, if anyone would consider it, would be to make the whole of the old city an international zone governed equally by the three religions who have claims there. Kind-of like a Troika Vatican.
Wasn’t that Tom Clancy’s - Jack Ryan’s idea?
“The best solution, if anyone would consider it, would be to make the whole of the old city an international zone governed equally by the three religions who have claims there.”
So that means the Jewish people can build their Temple on the Temple Mount? You are so naive.
It is a horrible idea. Kinda like putting the UN in charge of enforcing human rights.
Are you a U.N. troll?
You’re absolutely right. The thing we would need at least would be another crusade. So turn that cairn into a international site under control of the UN.
Having said that, I'm not sure what exactly this would accomplish in the long run. Such a move to "internationalize" Jerusalem would basically give it the same legal status as Antarctica and outer space.
“The best solution, if anyone would consider it, would be to make the whole of the old city an international zone governed equally by the three religions who have claims there. Kind-of like a Troika Vatican.”
And when the muzzies start killing everyone in site and take it over, who will stop them since it will be monitored by the UN?
That is far from being a new idea. It has been rejected countless times by both sides.
But the declaration does not include the temple mount and east Jerusalem. Ever heard of the 67’ green line ?
Never work. When first suggested in 1948 Israel accepted the concept, the Arabs refused as they have since. As it stands right now, each of the religions largely control their own Holy sites, that’s no change. However international control would mean a governing presence. Israel isn’t going to abandon hundreds of thousands of Jews to the world community. Or to abandon land which has been part of Israel since 1948. It’s a non starter, and only a fool (BHO not you) with no knowledge of the region or issues would suggest it. I admit, it sounds simple.
Actually, there were a lot of things left completely unresolved after 1947. My point was that — for better or worse — there is a long-standing precedent for extensive international involvement in what is now Israel.
But...but... according to 0bama they're misunderstood. Stupid American ;).
UK position on Jerusalem
The UK position on Jerusalem a key issue in the Israeli / Palestinian Peace Process and an important concern to Muslims, Christians and Jews around the world.
Jerusalem was supposed to be a corpus separatum, or international city administered by the UN. But this was never set up: immediately after the UNGA resolution partitioning Palestine, Israel occupied West Jerusalem and Jordan occupied East Jerusalem (including the Old City). We recognised the de facto control of Israel and Jordan, but not sovereignty. In 1967, Israel occupied East Jerusalem, which we continue to consider is under illegal military occupation by Israel. Our Embassy to Israel is in Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem. In East Jerusalem we have a Consulate General, with a Consul General who is not accredited to any state: this is an expression of our view that no state has sovereignty over Jerusalem
The UK position was formally expressed in April 1950, when HMG extended simultaneous de jure recognition to both Jordan and Israel. However, the statement withheld recognition of the sovereignty of either Jordan or Israel over the sectors of the city which each then held within the area of the corpus separatum as stipulated in UN General Assembly Resolution 303 (IV) of 1949. In the British view, no such recognition was possible before a final determination of the status of this area, although HMG did recognise that both Jordan and Israel exercised de facto authority over those parts of the city and area which each held.
In the 1967 war, Israel occupied the whole city, taking possession of the Jordanian (East) sector to add to West Jerusalem, which it already held. The Israeli government immediately extended its civil law to the whole city, simultaneously greatly enlarging the municipal boundaries into the West Bank. This purported annexation of East Jerusalem was reaffirmed in 1980 when Israel enacted its Jerusalem Law formally declaring East and West Jerusalem together, whole and united to be the capital of Israel.
The UK rejects these Israeli measures to change the status of Jerusalem. The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 478 of 1980 in response to the Israeli annexation, declaring it to be a violation of international law; the British Government has reiterated and amplified this position many times since.
HMGs formal position is based on the 1950 statement: it recognises that Israel exercises de facto authority in West Jerusalem and , from 1950 to 1967, recognised that Jordan exercised de facto authority in East Jerusalem. Since the war of 1967, HMG has regarded Israel as being in military occupation of East Jerusalem, and in this connection subject to the rules of law applicable to such an occupation, in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949. HMG also holds that the provisions of Security Council Resolution 242 on the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the 1967 war applies to East Jerusalem. The Venice Declaration and subsequent statements (both by the UK alone and with EU partners) have made clear that no unilateral attempts to change the status of Jerusalem are valid.
The UK believes that the citys status has yet to be determined, and maintains that it should be settled in an overall agreement between the parties concerned, but considers that the city should not again be divided. The Declaration of Principles and the Interim Agreement, signed by Israel and the PLO on 13 September 1993 and 28 September 1995 respectively, left the issue of the status of Jerusalem to be decided in the permanent status negotiations between the two parties.
No, Obama will help his muslim brothers destroy Israel.