Whose Jerusalem is it?

The Israeli Declaration of Independence states:

THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

Israel has lived up to these values as well as – often better than – other countries espousing such beliefs. All countries miss the mark and so, of course, has the Jewish state. But few countries try so hard or feel so acutely and try to mitigate so thoroughly their failures.

 

Freedom of religion – and fidelity to universally accepted history – is not a strong suit of the Palestinian Authority. You remember the Palestinian Authority, right? The “moderate” governing authority in the West Bank?

Palestinian Media Watch has put together a list of 97 times in 2011 and 2012 in which Palestinian leaders and clerics have denied the historical existence of a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. And that’s just the 97 times they were able to document.

The goal is obvious: to read the Jewish people out of the history of Jerusalem. Of course, this also reads Christians out of the history of Jerusalem, as important parts of Jesus’ life would be necessarily untrue without a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

Whether you believe the biblical accounts of history or not, the Temple is simply not up for argumentation. It existed. Aside from the extensive archaeological record on and around the Mount itself (and elsewhere throughout Israel), documentation exists from other contemporaneous cultures.

The problem is that we’re left to argue fact and history with people who have no interest in either. Palestinian leadership has demonstrated multiple times – as with Mahmoud Abbas’ frequent denials of the Holocaust – that it is willing to tell any falsehood and deny any fact in pursuit of its vendetta against the Jewish people.

According to Palestinian leadership, there is no place in Jerusalem for anyone but Muslims. According to the State of Israel, all holy places are to be protected and worshippers to be accorded freedom to worship. You tell us: whose Jerusalem sounds better?

 


Author: Stand For Israel | August 27, 2012
Posted in:  Jerusalem


 

What do you think?

  • Connie
    October 28, 2012
    8:13 pm
     

    It belongs to God’s chosen people (the Jews).

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    • Coleman
      January 24, 2013
      10:42 pm
       

      I think Connie is exactally right! Some of the Jews don’t know it yet,but Israel belongs to God!!!

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    • Coleman
      January 25, 2013
      8:07 am
       

      I don’t know what I’m replying to’ It said reply to Connie!!!

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  • Judith
    September 19, 2012
    7:43 pm
     

    In my view,there is one, overidding Truth:
    Everything . . every thing. . we experience, feel,obseve, KNOW without doubt . . is inbued in the human soul. It is not an assignment; it is a
    gift and a reminder that we are not the responsible donor of life, we are the recipient.

    Israel is God’s chosen land; the Jews are His chosen people. They are devout worshipers and the penultimate creatures who “get” God, really get Him. That they have survived such hardships; that they continue to live in the face of such threats; that they are willing to die for their beliefs is proof enough for me that they will
    survive. Whether or not man chooses to neglect them; whether or not they are eradicated by the monstrous and barbaric, I firmly believe that God, their God and mine, will raise them up and honor their devotion to His love. I am a Christian. I stand with Israel.

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  • w
    September 4, 2012
    8:54 pm
     

    Jerusalem belongs to Israel, and Israel only. There is no doubt and is the Capital city for ever undivided. There has been and is ONE Jerusalem.

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  • Mihai
    September 4, 2012
    5:46 am
     

    Jerusalim belongs to people of Israel without coments and they will hav it, because God will give it to them.
    The muslim have to retreat from Jerusalim, leaving in their teritory, given by God of Israel.

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  • Kathy
    September 3, 2012
    9:56 pm
     

    Clearly Scripture validates that Jerusalem belongs to Israel and the blood of the 6,000,000 that were shed in WWII and their families deserve to call Jerusalem theirs.

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  • Alex
    September 3, 2012
    2:57 pm
     

    PALESTINIANS?-THE DEVIL’S VERSION OF “MY PEOPLE” AND “MY CITY” . HE ALWAYS TRIES TO IMITATE GOD THE WRONG WAY. JERUSALEM IS FOR THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND ISREAL FOREVER AMEN!!!WE SHALL FIGHT!

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  • ronald
    September 3, 2012
    10:45 am
     

    Jerusalem belongs to the Jews.It was given to them in Genesis 15:18 Unto thy seed have I given this land,from the river of Egypt unto the great river,the river Euphrates.Again in Genesis 13″14,15 lift up now thine eyes,and look from the place where thou art northward,and southward,anr eastward,and westward:For all the landwhich thou seest,to thee will I give it,and to thy seed forever.Psalms 105:11 Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan the lot of your inheritance.Just because they ‘squatted’on this land for generations,doesn’t automatically make it theirs.

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  • Moses
    September 3, 2012
    6:26 am
     

    There can not be Jerusalem without Jews. Muslims do not respect any religin, where as Isreal respects all religions

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  • Jose Manuel
    September 3, 2012
    2:13 am
     

    Jerusalem is the city of the Great King, and always has been the Capital of Israel. To deny this, is to deny that Israel exists. The Messiah will walk trough the Golden Gate, AMEN!

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  • Barbara
    September 2, 2012
    7:16 pm
     

    First of all we all KNOW that Jerusalem does belong to Israel.Palestinians need to build a capital city for themselves and leave Israels alone. With all the money they (Palestinians) are receiving from Obama they need to leave other people alone.I live in the United States but I dearly love Israel. I pray for you all.

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  • wally
    September 2, 2012
    3:19 pm
     

    I’m a Christian and I KNOW the land of Israel as it currently exists is only a small part of the “land” that was given to Abraham by God. Many nations around Israel are included in land given Abraham.

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    • Jose Michael
      April 25, 2013
      10:14 pm
       

      The total area of Land of the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Perizites, the Girgashites, the Jebusites, the Hivites and the Hittites, promised by theLord God to the descendents of Avraham, Isaac and Jacob FOREVER according to Moses extends to the River Euphrates. Although the Israelites have not yet fully acquired all of theLand area promised, I believe that when the Jewish Messiah comes again, He IS theOne to secure all of that Land area for Israel. Even during theReign of Solomon, BenDavid, theKing of Israel; all of the nations which surrounded theKingdom of Israel, PAID Tribute to King Solomon in Jerusalem. And furthermore, theDay of theLord as described in theBook of theProphet Malachi and also described in the NewTestament Book of theRevelation IS, I believe, a prelude to theComing of theMessiah of Israel with all theSaints.

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  • Barry
    September 2, 2012
    2:08 pm
     

    Under International Law Jerusalem belongs solely to the Jewish people (San Remo and the League of Nations) and Israel. None of this matters to the other side – they are the sole impediment to peace.

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  • JEB
    September 2, 2012
    1:46 pm
     

    I pray for the peace of Isreal because The Prince Of Peace will come to solve all of the violence that comes from illegitimacy. I pray the Mislims will have healing & faith to solve painful hearts!

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  • JEB
    September 2, 2012
    1:41 pm
     

    VIOLENCE usually has at it’s heart ENVY, JEALOUSY, & COVETOUSNESS. The conflict most Muslims feel in Thier heart & collectively can be solved by faith in YESHUA THE PRINCE OF PEACE.

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    • Jose Michael
      April 25, 2013
      10:25 pm
       

      I agree with Jeb’s statement that Yeshu’a BenDavid, theMessiah IS thePrince of Peace AND He,theHolyOne of Israel, alone IS theAnswer to all of the problems which face theChosenPeople.

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  • Mark
    September 2, 2012
    1:37 pm
     

    This entire universe, has 1007 plus X years left. Humanity has 7 plus X years left to individually decide who Jesus Christ is to us, personally. Is He the Creator God and/or Man, ET or something else?

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    • Jose Michael
      April 25, 2013
      10:34 pm
       

      Mark, the “awesome” Question you have stated in your comment, is a question that a person must answer for himself. I believe theAnswer IS found in theJewish Scriptures theBible; That Yeshu’a BenDavid, theJewish Messiah IS “theWord Made Flesh,” Christ theLord.

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  • JEB
    September 2, 2012
    1:35 pm
     

    This fight is based in the issue of children of the free woman & the bond woman. Either free or enslaved spiritually. Ishmael was conceived illegitimately. Illegitimacy ALWAYS CREATES VIOLENCE.

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    • Terri
      September 23, 2012
      7:39 am
       

      Yes Jeb, this is the very heart of the battle. God did give Ishmael a portion of land when he sent them away, He also said that he would be a warring man. We have two brothers, one of the marriage and one of sin, the one of the marriage has peace in his heart, the one of sin, hate.

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  • Anna
    September 2, 2012
    1:25 pm
     

    Jerusalem belongs to the children of Israel.In fact most of the middle east belongs to them.

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  • Tom
    September 2, 2012
    11:17 am
     

    Jerusalem belongs to the Hebrew Nation, Jewish people as long as this planet existed and will exist.

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  • t
    September 2, 2012
    11:16 am
     

    Jerusalem belongs to the Hebrew Nation, Jewish people as long as this planet will exist.

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  • Del
    September 2, 2012
    10:01 am
     

    Jesus will once again stand on the temple mount and the abomination (the gold dome) that the Muslims have built will crumble like dust. Islam has no claim on anything in the state of Israel. They are flase prophets. May the Lord bless Israel and the descendants of Isaac. If Abraham had not sinned by sleeping with Hagar we wouldn’t be in this mess.

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  • Roberto
    September 2, 2012
    8:58 am
     

    Espero igualmente la restauracion de Israel en el Santo Monte. Sin embargo la preocupacion de mi corazon es por tantos judios sin restauracion con Dios. Roguemos por ellos.

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