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Jerusalem Is Not Up For Grabs

(Photo: wikicommons/ Assayas)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Assayas)

Professor Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, writes that Western pressure is unlikely to make a difference on the issue of partitioning Jerusalem. Regardless of the failure of the international community to understand, there is no political consensus inside democratic Israel to support dividing the holy city:

The Palestinians and most of the international community fail to understand that the past offer by Ehud Barak to divide Jerusalem at the Camp David summit in 2000, which was repeated by Ehud Olmert in 2007, was divorced from the strong attachment a majority of Israelis feel towards the eternal city. This incredible concession has continually lacked the necessary domestic political support.

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Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 8:28 AM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: In Like a Lion

(Photo: Library of Congress, c. 1890-1900)

(Photo: Library of Congress, c. 1890-1900)

The old saying goes that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. As we prepare to bid a particularly lionlike March farewell, we give you this photo, of the Lions’ Gate into Jerusalem’s Old City, taken around the turn of the century and colorized. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, March 28th, 2014 at 2:12 PM  | Stand For Israel

Zeppelin over Jerusalem

The Graf Zeppelin — the largest airship of its day — along with its sister ship, the ill-fated Hindenburg, was the pride of Germany after WWI, carrying passengers in luxury and achieving many “firsts” during this time of aerial exploration.

On March 26, 1929, the Graf Zeppelin flew over the Holy Land for the first time. It carried and dropped mail for the city of Jaffa, and also soared above Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. This trip, however, happened at night, so no photographs are available to commemorate the scene. But the airship made a return trip in 1931, and luckily pictures of this flight still exist.

Graf Zeppelin over Mount of Olives and Gethsemane, c. 1931 (Photo: Library of Congress)

Graf Zeppelin over Mount of Olives and Gethsemane, c. 1931 (Photo: Library of Congress)

 

Graf Zeppelin over Tower of David, c. 1931 (Photo: Library of Congress)

Graf Zeppelin over Tower of David, c. 1931 (Photo: Library of Congress)

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 12:12 PM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: The Holy Place Where the Most High Dwells

(Photo: Library of Congress)

(Photo: Library of Congress)

… the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts. (Psalm 46:4-6)

Taken in 1931, this view of Jerusalem from the air looks at the Temple Mount from the east. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 2:26 PM  | Stand For Israel

Pretending Tel Aviv Is the Capital of Israel

(Photo: wikicommons/ Rubinstein Felix)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Rubinstein Felix)

Daniel Pipes includes a handy listing of some of the more amusing and ludicrous attempts by a wide variety of voices in the mainstream media and more than a few world leaders to pretend that Jerusalem is either not the capital of the Jewish state or that there is some level of ambiguity about the question:

An article on Jan. 23, “Israel PM urges European ‘fairness’ in Mideast,” states that four European Union states lodged “a formal protest against Tel Aviv’s drive to expand settlements on the West Bank.”

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 9:32 AM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Look on Zion

(Photo: Smithsonian/ Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey)

(Photo: Smithsonian/ Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey)

Look on Zion, the city of our festivals;
    your eyes will see Jerusalem,
    a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved;
its stakes will never be pulled up,
    nor any of its ropes broken. (Isaiah 33:20)

The Smithsonian has made available the first ever photographs taken of the Holy City – Jerusalem as seen in 1844 by French photographer Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey. Enjoy these historic images of the ancient and eternal city. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 2:44 PM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: The Snow Come Down from Heaven

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
    will clap their hands.
(Isaiah 55:10-12)

Jerusalem, blanketed in snow, as seen from the Mount of Olives. Shabbat shalom, friends!

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Friday, December 20th, 2013 at 3:22 PM  | Stand For Israel

Celebrating Jerusalem Day in the Holy City

Yesterday thousands of people gathered in the Holy City to celebrate Jerusalem Day, Yom Yerushalayim. Here are a few fabulous photos of the joy-filled festivities!

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Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 11:21 AM  | Stand For Israel

Jerusalem in 30 Seconds

As Jerusalem Day comes to a close at sundown today, we reflect on the beauty and wonder of this Holy City:

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 4:08 PM  | Stand For Israel

Har Habayit B’yadeinu

Photo: Ziv Koren

Photo: Ziv Koren

Forty-six years ago today, by the Hebrew calendar, Israeli forces took Jerusalem during the Six Day War – reuniting the city under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in 2,000 years.

This video (at the 16-second mark) includes the famous phrase broadcast by Gen. Motta Gur: Har Habayit B’yadeinu! The Temple Mount is in our hands!

It would be difficult to overstate the improbability, the historical significance, or the national importance of this event, which Israelis and Jews around the world celebrate as Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day. David Ben Gurion, Israel’s leading founder and first Prime Minister, said that Israel could not survive without Jerusalem just as a body could not survive without a heart. In the years since Israel reunified the city, it has enjoyed the only time in its history when all religions are practiced openly, freely, and under the protection of the ruling power. Unlike in the years before 1967, when the Jordanians systematically dynamited every synagogue in the Old City including some that were thousands of years old, Israel has protected the holy sites of all religions. (more…)

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 9:59 AM  | Stand For Israel
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