Skip to comments.EU backs Jerusalem as shared capital
Posted on 12/08/2009 5:01:26 PM PST by myknowledge
European Union foreign ministers agreed on Tuesday that Jerusalem should be the capital of both Israel and a future Palestinian state, as part of a negotiated settlement, EU diplomats said.
The foreign ministers, meeting for a second day of talks in Brussels, adopted a text agreeing that Jerusalem should provide "the future capital of the two states", one diplomat said.
The move is bound to anger Israel which has already warned Europe against seeking to foist a solution to the Middle East problem on the parties involved.
However, an earlier proposal by the Swedish EU presidency, to explicitly support the idea of east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, was dropped by the foreign ministers.
An Israeli diplomat said afterward that it would be "an improvement" if east Jerusalem were not mentioned in the text.
The agreed EU statement insists that "the European Union will not recognise any changes to the pre-1967 borders", thereby refusing to recognise Israel's right to occupy the area.
The issue had been subject to intense discussion among the European ministers, with some nations wanting to keep the mention of east Jerusalem in the text and others reluctant to be seen as prejudging the result of any eventual Middle East peace deal.
Luxembourg's foreign minister Jean Asselborn was one of the ministers most supportive of the original Swedish proposal.
East Jerusalem is "not part of Israel", he said.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat wrote an open letter to new EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton warning of the possible consequences of splitting up the city that Israelis view as the indivisible and eternal capital of the Jewish state.
"Throughout the history of the world, there is not one important city that was divided that functioned successfully. They either reunited or ceased to function properly. The lesson is too clear. Jerusalem must stay united," he argued.
The EU initiative also raised some hackles in the United States.
EU members should join "responsible nations" in opposing any plan to recognise Arab east Jerusalem as capital of a future Palestinian state, a key US legislator said.
"Any move to divide Jerusalem would undermine our ally Israel, deal a blow to religious freedom, and undercut the cause of peace," said representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre also criticised the EU draft resolution.
"Once again the EU is rushing with a laundry list of what's expected from Israel, but when will the European Union finally demand action from the Palestinians?" asked Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Jewish human rights group.
Scores of Palestinians protested in front of the French and Swedish consulates in Jerusalem on Monday to support the EU presidency's initiative on east Jerusalem.
A confidential report by EU heads of mission in Jerusalem last week accused Israel of actively pursuing the annexation of the city's east and undermining hopes for peace with Palestinians.
Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel, and the Palestinians are trying to take it for themselves, but God will not let them, because it is His Holy City was well.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Re-erect The Temple on the Mount.
Fortunately, YHWH does not back a shared Jerusalem.
Last I heard, HE gets the final say.
New American Standard Bible
3 It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.
8 In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, [HINT!] like the angel of the LORD before them. 9 And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
10 I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.
12 The land will mourn, every family by itself; the family of the house of David by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself and their wives by themselves;
13 the family of the house of Levi by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself and their wives by themselves; [guess whose genealogy this is?]
“If I forget thee, oh Jerusalem....”
What right does anyone, anywhere in the world, have to decide ANYTHING about Jerusalem??? This is a world gone mad.
Chanukah is coming. Never forget!
The unmitigated gall and ignorance of these people is astounding. However I doubt the reprobate Mr Asselborn has ever held a Bible in his hands, much less read one.
The EU needs to mind their business. Beside the Palestinians will always want more, until there would be no more Israel.
Me to EU: Who asked you? Shaddup.