U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, jockeying for a Nobel Peace Prize, is pressuring Israel to give up Jerusalem in exchange for some empty promises that Muslims will recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. As if it is up to the Muslims to decide Israel’s validity.
“The apparent trade-off offered by Kerry and the Obama Administration is Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish homeland, in exchange for Israel’s acceptance of its pre-1967 frontier as the baseline for border talks,” reports Politico. Obama and Kerry are so intent on making history with peace in the Middle East that they are willing to push Israel under a bus filled with terrorists to achieve it.
While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presses ahead with trying to create a Palestinian state by this spring, a senior Israeli government minister says Kerry doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
“The only thing that can ‘save us’ is for John Kerry to win a Nobel [Peace] Prize and leave us in peace,” Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said sarcastically.
“Secretary of State John Kerry, who came here very determined and operates based on an unfathomable obsession and messianic feeling, cannot teach me anything about the Palestinians…I live and breathe the conflict with the Palestinians. I know what they think, what they want, and what they really mean,” said Ya’alon, himself a former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff.
In private conversations, Ya’alon reportedly called the security plan presented by U.S. Gen. (ret.) John Allen untenable for the Jewish state.
“The American security plan presented to us is not worth the paper it’s written on,” he said. “It contains no peace and no security. Only our continued presence in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] and the Jordan River will guarantee that Ben Gurion Airport [Israel’s main international airport] and [the northern coastal city] Netanya do not become targets for missiles from every direction.”
Ya’alon criticized the American plan’s notion that technology could replace soldiers in the field.
“You presented us with a plan based on smart technologies, satellites, sensors, war rooms with television screens, without our forces being present on the ground,” Ya’alon continued.
“And I ask you, how will your technology help us when a Salafist terror cell or one from Islamic Jihad tries to carry out a terror attack against Israeli targets? Who will take care of them? What satellites will take care of the rocket industry developing in Shechem [Nablus], and the rockets that will be launched at Tel Aviv and the central region?” He has a point.
Palestinians, smelling blood in the water due to what amounts to American weakness on the issue, responded by flat-out refusing to ever recognize Israel. This shows how little respect the Palestinians have for Kerry and Obama, let alone Israel. Their goal is to violently push Israel and the Israelis into the sea, and they have a nasty bully of a big brother in Iran, whom Obama seems intent on negotiating with over tea while they finish building full nuclear weapons capacity. Iran, on the other hand is laughing at our president’s naiveté in the matter, and they clearly intend to break any agreements made anyway.
“We won’t accept the Jewishness of Israel. We are asking for the 1967 borders,” replied Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the Jerusalem Post. The pre-1967 borders do not include Jerusalem as part of modern-day Israel.
Abbas then threatened war against Israel.
“We don’t love death, but we welcome martyrdom if it happens,” Abbas declared. “We will march to Jerusalem in the millions, as free people and heroes.” Not to mention terrorists and murderers, apparently.
Some “peace talks” Kerry is presiding over. Definitely fodder for the Nobel committee to consider him over, let’s say, Mother Theresa. But then again, Yassir Arafat won it and he killed Anwar Sadat.
Although President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are pressuring Israel to give up Jerusalem, Israel is standing firm.
Let’s remember that nobody kicked the so-called Palestinians out of their mythical “homeland” as they claim. The Israelis were there first and there is no such thing as an ethnic Palestinian. Herodotus, in the 5th Century BC used the term Palaistínē (Παλαιστίνη) when describing the region between Phoenicia and Egypt but he makes no distinction between Syrians who lived nearby and Jews in the region. Those people who call themselves Palestinians are likely a mixture of descendants of Christians, Jews, and Bedouins from the region who were force-converted to Islam under the sword during the Muslim conquest of the region in the 7th Century AD and certain ethnic Arabs who either settled there or were exiled or expatriated there later from around the Middle East. They were never a kingdom or a nation as the ancient Israelites and Judeans were. They are a diaspora at best, but not of a nation or distinct ethnicity.
When the English agreed to turn over the region to the Jews it was called “Palestine.” In ancient times, the land called Palaistínē by Herodotus was primarily the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah, names that reveal the land’s original rulers.
Israel and Judah were related Iron Age Jewish kingdoms of the ancient Levant. The Kingdom of Israel emerged as an important local power by the 9th century BC before falling to the Neo-Assyrian Empire in 722 BC. Israel’s southern neighbor, the Kingdom of Judah, emerged in the 8th century BC and enjoyed a period of prosperity as a client-state of first Assyria and then Babylon before a revolt against the Neo-Babylonian Empire led to its destruction in 586 BC.
Following the fall of Babylon to the Persian king Cyrus the Great in 539 BC, some Judean exiles returned to Jerusalem, kicking off a formative period in the development of a distinctive Judean or Jewish identity in the Persian province of Yehud. It should be noted that Persians were not Muslims at the time, since Mohammed was not born yet.
Yehud was absorbed into the subsequent Hellenistic Greek kingdoms that followed the conquests of Alexander the Great, but in the 2nd century BC, the Judaeans revolted against the Hellenist Seleucid Empire and created the Hasmonean kingdom.
This, the last independent Judean kingdom, came to an end in 63 BC with its conquest by Pompey of Rome. With the installation of client kingdoms under King Herod’s Herodian Dynasty, the Kingdom of Israel was wracked by civil disturbances, which culminated in the Jewish Revolt, the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, and the emergence of rabbinical Judaism and Christianity. It then became a part of the Roman (and later Byzantine) Empire until the Arab conquests of the 7th century AD.
Throughout the entire history of the region, there was no such thing as an ethnic Palestinian or a nation of Palestine, nor was there any Muslim dominance in the region until the 7th Century AD. Any modern Arab Muslim claim to the region, especially to Jerusalem, is based on Muslim control of the region after mythology and revisionist history, despite what many in the West have come to believe, as there is no evidence whatsoever that Mohammed ever set foot in Jerusalem.
The Jewish connection to Jerusalem is an ancient and powerful one. Judaism made Jerusalem a holy city over three thousand years ago and through all that time Jews remained steadfast to it. Jews pray in its direction, mention its name constantly in prayers, close the Passover service with the wistful statement “Next year in Jerusalem,” and recall the city in the blessing at the end of each meal. The destruction of the Temple looms very large in Jewish consciousness; remembrance takes such forms as a special day of mourning, houses left partially unfinished, a woman’s makeup or jewelry left incomplete, and a glass smashed during the wedding ceremony. In addition, Jerusalem has had a prominent historical role, is the only capital of a Jewish state, and is the only city with a Jewish majority during the whole of the past century. In the words of its current mayor, Jerusalem represents “the purest expression of all that Jews prayed for, dreamed of, cried for, and died for in the two thousand years since the destruction of the Second Temple.”
What about Muslims? Where does Jerusalem fit in Islam and Muslim history? It is not the place to which they pray, is not once mentioned by name in prayers, and it is connected to no mundane events in Muhammad’s life. The city never served as capital of a sovereign Muslim state, and it never became a cultural or scholarly center. Little of political import by Muslims was initiated there.
One comparison makes this point most clearly: Jerusalem appears in the Jewish Bible 669 times. Zion, which usually means Jerusalem (but sometimes refers to the Land of Israel), is mentioned 154 times. That’s 823 times in all. The Christian Bible mentions Jerusalem 154 times and Zion 7 times. In contrast, columnist Moshe Kohn notes, Jerusalem and Zion appear as frequently in the Qur’an “as they do in the Hindu Bhagavad-Gita, the Taoist Tao-Te Ching, the Buddhist Dhammapada, and the Zoroastrian Zend Avesta” — which is to say, not once.
It is clear then, that it would not only be national suicide, historically, culturally and strategically, for Israel to give up Jerusalem, but also national suicide for America to pressure Israel to give up Jerusalem, because it would effectively end American hegemony in the region and embolden Islamists to expand their dominance and further their agenda of a regional and global Caliphate. But it would also be significant for American Christians and Jews, as such an act would be in direct violation of God’s word, subjecting the perpetrators to the judgment, and presumably the wrath, of God, according to the Biblical Old Testament prophet, Joel, who wrote:
“I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.” — [Joel 3:2]
Let’s petition Congress to stand firm with Israel.