As we celebrate Jerusalem Day, we must consider the sobering thought that the present status of the city is not fixed instone. Much can happen in the next few months. Which future alternative are we going to work for?This one . . .
October27, 2011_______29 Heshvan 5771
“Jerusalem Will Remain the Undivided Capital of Israel—Now, & Forever! ” Vows P.M.
UN General Assembly Condemns “Israel’s Intransigence”
Netanyahu Unperturbed by Hamas Threats
Jerusalem, Oct. 27—Amidst intensive celebrating, the Jewish population of Jerusalem marked today as "Victory Day" as the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Knesset and uttered his defiance of U.S. President Hussein Osama and the UNGeneral Assembly, vowing that "Jerusalem will remain the undivided capital of Israel—now and forever!"
Jewish students preparing to ascend Temple Mount
Claiming that "I had no option because the people of Israel, and the Jewish people worldwide, put enormous pressure on our government to reject this latest demand as stated in the American resolution which was passed by a heavy majority yesterday in the UN General Assembly." Netanyahu then directed his remarks to the P.A. "I hope that this move will finally bring home the message to the entire world that Jerusalem is our capital and this reality must be recognized by our neighbors in the Middle East."
Palestinian President Abu Mazen, meanwhile, has pledged to his people that there would be no deal to recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people even if the Palestinians were to take possession of the OldCity. Hamas has publicly stated that in declaring Palestinian Statehood "the Palestinian people have completed the firstof three phase in the liberation of historical Palestine." The Hamas spokesman did not elaborate on what the second and third phases would entail but the Central Command of the I.D.F. and the Israeli police force are bracing for a renewed intifada on a larger scale than had been before. Security is being especially beefed up in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
Recriminations abound in the new State of Palestine as to who is the real blame forNetanyahu resisting European, UN and American pressure to cede East Jerusalem.
Foreign Minister Maashal (of Hamas)described Israel's "line in the sand" regarding theOldCity as "Palestine's second Naqba." He also placed the blame squarely on PalestinianPresident Mohammed Abbas for trying to "suck up to U.S. President Osama in order to clandestinely receive additional financial aid from the United States.
In Israel, meanwhile, the left-wing Meretz party and members of Peace Now haveexpressedtheiroutrageatthe Haredirabbinatewhich dispatched thousands of its people to picket the American Consulate in western Jerusalem. Many Haredi demonstrators temporarily abandoned their picketing ofBarzilai Hospital in Ashkelon where, they asserted, the hospital was attempting to erect a new building over the site of an ancient Jewish cemetery, although a team of archaeologists has declared that the ancient bones found on the site were not those of Jews. One Haredi man in the crowd, requesting that his name not be printed, stated that it was time for the Haredi population to recognize where its real priorities should be. The man also said that "for too long, the leadership of the Haredim in Israel have been selling their souls for a bowl of porridge."
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ofShas hasstatedpublicly that he never dreamtthatShas' backingofthe Oslo Accordsin1992 inreturnformoneyfortheiryeshivaswouldultimatelyleadtothe potential loss ofeasternJerusalem."Ireceived bad advice," stated the spiritual leader of Shas, implying that Aryeh Deri and his successor had been very selective in which pieces of information had been given to Rabbi Ovadia over the years.
Praise was heaped upon the Israeli Rabbinate which reversed decades of discouraging Jews from ascending TempleMount. In the face of two hundred thousand Jews wearing phylacteries and waving siddurim, both the police and the local Arabs backed off from causing a clash.
"It's about time that we began praying on this hilltop, the holiest place in Judaism, with the support of a sovereign Jewish government!" shoutedMK Shimon bar-Kochba, leader of the extreme Territorialist Party, at the special session of the Knesset.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has assured President Abbas and Fox TV host Glenn Beck that Muslims and Christians will continue to have unrestricted access to their holy places, so long as they remain peaceful. President Abbas expressed his fear that Muslim accessibility to the Dome of the Rock will be short-lived, despite guarantees by the Government of Israel, which has preserved access to all faiths to the holy places since Israel took possession of eastern Jerusalem in 1967.
Likud dissident Moshe Feiglin has called upon all Israelis to observe a day of national celebration, similar to Independence Day and Simchat Torah.
What thrills me," said "
Feiglin, "was that everyone this time, unlike in the past, stood his ground and defied the whole world to dare re-divide our capital. Furthermore, I have a renewed faith in the people of Israel who have rallied behind our Prime Minister. Although Americabetrayed us as it has its other allies in the last few years we will remain steadfast in our faith in our country's future." Feiglin added that he was gratified to learn that the overwhelming number of American Jews who normally vote for the Democratic Party had threatened to cut off all contributions to the party inlight of President Obama's drastic tilt toward the Arab position.
Or this one . . .
October27, 201129 Heshvan 5771
UN General Assembly
Netanyahu Hopes for
Peace with PA
Hamas Vows to Continue "Struggle to Liberate Palestine"
Jerusalem, Oct. 27—Amidst intensive celebrating, the Arab population of East Jerusalem marked today as "Victory Day" as the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put his signature on the document that formally ceded eastern Jerusalem to the State of Palestine, established last month by an overwhelming vote of the UN General Assembly
"TempleMount Harem esh-sharif is in our hands!
Harem esh-sharif is in our hands!"
Netanyahu claimed that "I had no choice because the whole world, including the United States, put enormous pressure on our country to make this latest concession. I hope that this move will finally bring peace to our troubled region and acceptance of Israel by all of its neighbors." Palestinian President Abu Mazen, meanwhile, has pledged to his people that there was no deal to recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people in return for the ceding of the OldCity to the P.A. Hamas has publicly stated that "the secondphase in the liberation of Palestine is now complete." Hamas did not elaborate on what the third phase would entail but the Central Command of the I.D.F. is bracing for the worst,especially in the eight mile stretch between Netanya and Tulkarm.
Mother of terrorist gives thanks to Allah on Harem esh-sharif
Recriminations abound in Israel as to who is the real blame for this drastic concess-ion. Foreign Minister AvigdorLiebermanresignedfrom thegovernment,labeling the loss of theOldCity as "Israel's Naqba."The National Religious camp, meanwhile,hasexpresseditsoutrageatthe Haredirabbinatewhichfailedtosendmany hundreds of thousands of demonstrators into thestreets. Many potential Haredi demonstrators in the meantime have been demonstrating inAshkelonat thesiteoftheexpansionofBarzilai Hospital,claimingthattheremainsofan ancient Jewish burial site were being desecrated by the bulldozers.
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ofShas hasstatedpublicly that he never dreamtthatShas' backingofthe Oslo Accordsin1992 inreturnformoneyfortheiryeshivaswouldultimately leadtothe lossofeasternJerusalem."Ireceivedbad advice," stated the spiritual leader of Shas, implying that Aryeh Deri and his successor had been very selective in which pieces of information had been given to Rabbi Ovadia.
Some anger has also been directed at the Israeli Rabbinate which refused to seriously challenge the government on its policy of preventing Jews from worshipping atopthe former TempleMount. "How can we claim that this hilltop is the holiest place in Judaism when a sovereign Jewish government prevents us from praying here?" shouted Shimon bar-Kochba, leader of the extreme Territorialist Party at the emergency session of the Knesset.
Abu Mazen has assured Prime Minister Netanyahu that the Jewish people will continue to have unrestricted access to the Western Wall, now being renamed the "Wailing Wall" by religious Israelis. Many here in Israel, however, contend that Jewish accessibility to the Wall will be short-lived, despite guarantees by the United Nations and American President Hussein Osama.
Likud dissident Moshe Feiglin has called upon all Israelis to observe a day of national mourning
similar to the Ninth of Av commemorating the destruction of the SecondTemple in the year 70. "What horrifies me," said Feiglin, "was that no one conquered our country this time, unlike in the year 70 and yet we surrendered our holiest site without firing a shot. Furthermore, I have no faith in American guarantees. America has betrayed us as it has its other allies in the last few years. I am also pained by the fact that the majority of American Jews continue to support President Osama even though the presidential election in the U.S only thirteen months away."
X-Files, Feb. 16, 1997, episode titled "Kaddish"
MULDER: A ghost is spirit without form. I believe what we're looking for and what we're seeing here, is . . . is form without spirit. Something called a golem
SCULLY: A golem is a body without a soul
Israel: neither ghost nor golem
There are many Jews who, if/when they make aliyah, would live only in Jerusalem. Likewise, there are still some Jews in Israel who fail to appreciate the need for an undivided capital remaining under Israeli sovereignty. An Israel without the holy places of Jerusalem is a body without a soul. Jerusalem in an underpopulated country will be a soul lacking a body.