12 Reasons Why Jerusalem Must Remain Under Israeli Control

May 17, 2011 10:29 pm 18 comments

The Weastern Wall in Jerusalem. Photo: David King.

1. Jerusalem has been the capital city of the Jewish people (but no one else) for 3,000 years, including both ancient Israel and current Israel.  There were caliphates based in Medina, Damascus, Baghdad, and Cairo–never in Jerusalem.

2. Jews lived in Jerusalem for 1,700 years before the Arab conquests in the Seventh century.

3. Jerusalem is mentioned 641 times in the bible and 0 times in the Koran.

4. Jewish legal rights to Jerusalem (and even all of Judea/Samaria) were “irrevocably” recognized in the San Remo conference of 1920 by unanimous agreement of the 51 members of the League of Nations.  Moreover, for the past 150 years, Jews have been the majority population in Jerusalem.

5. Jews were ethnically cleansed from eastern Jerusalem when they were attacked by 5 Arab armies in 1948.

6. Without Israeli security control that exists today, Jerusalem would descend into chaos, with rival militias battling each other like in the Gaza Strip.  This would make life intolerable to residents and tourists alike.  In 1949, 25% of Jerusalem Jews fled when exposed to random sniper fire from the Arab Legion.

7. Unified Israeli control of Jerusalem is crucial for the IDF, as it requires a secure route during wartime to move soldiers/equipment to the eastern border, along Jordan River.

8. Israeli Arab residents in Eastern Jerusalem enjoy social security and health insurance benefits valued at about $10,000 per annum. Removing such benefits and moving this population over to a tyrannical regime (PA or Hamas) is both unethical and immoral.  It also violates the wishes of the majority of Arabs in eastern Jerusalem

9. If Israel were to irrationally allow the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state, the PA would not protect the Christian population or religious sites, as witnessed by the PA’s persecution of Christian Arabs in Bethlehem.  The Jewish sites would also not be protected, as seen in Joseph’s tomb in Nablus (Shechem) and the synagogue in Jericho.  Between 1948-1967, fifty nine Jewish religious sites were destroyed by the occupying Jordanians.

10. PA control over eastern Jerusalem would create a “magnet” for Sunni terror organizations (Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qaeda/Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Shiite or Shiite-funded terror organizations (Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas) to undermine and then take over, as in Lebanon, Gaza, and now Egypt.  In fact, Jerusalem would become the focus of the rivalry by these two worldwide terror organizations.  Hamas is now formally a partner for the second time of Fatah in the PA.  Hamas actually hosted al-Qaeda groups in Gaza since 2006.

11. The increased hostilities, guaranteed to be created by the inevitable war, would lead to unnecessary tensions worldwide between Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

12. The division of Jerusalem is not in the interests of Israel, US, EU, PA, or local Arab residents.  It is only in the interests of Iran, thereby aiding its goal of world domination.

18 Comments

  • Of course the bible is completely irrelevant here. It was written 2500 years ago, before any pertinent historical events, at a time when most Jews still lived in Israel and Jerusalem was entirely Jewish. The most compelling reason that Israel should keep all of Jerusalem is that Jews are the majority of the population in both east and west jerusalem as well as in its surrounding area. If the PA was granted Jerusalem (which most of the city’s residents would vehemently oppose), the arabs would be a minority in their own capitol. Secondarily, before the 1948 war, Jerusalem and the greater Jerusalem region had a 2/3 Jewish majority and before that, a Jewish plurality since at least the 1500s.

  • this is all true

  • Amazing! Its so sad more people havent heard about this site, this article had just the thing I needed to know

  • Wish yuo could achive your phont to be larger for cell phone reading,and the stroke of the letters bolder to read your articals.

  • How funny will it be when god come . I know 1 day you will die are you sure where your going .there was a man that came to me in the name of our lord my wife could not have a baby and at the end of church service he came to us and said you want kids but can not have he told us that god will give you a boy and he will be here growing at the end of the year and a girl soon after 3 years later we have a lil girl. I been heal from past sickness and my wife too .I seen people back get heal and seen a man leg grow a in. He had some kind of disorder in his leg man god is real and there no 1 and I mean no 1can get me to think else wise

  • We can also list at least twelve reasons why Israel has no claim to to Jerusalem.
    Pointing to the Bible as proof is not a legitimate argument. It is not a legal document and was written by the people that claim it is.
    Yet if we look at the Bible it shows that this city was conquered by Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome according to the Prophet Daniel. But before that It was owned by Egypt.
    Israel seems to think that land they take with military action is theirs but if someone takes land from them it remains theirs for eternity.
    According to the prophets of this same Bible. The children of Israel and there land shall be delivered unto the hands of their enemies. I guess the good Lord giveth and the good Lord taketh away.

    • In fact the Bible is the most authoritative, and thereby legal, document in the earth. For it was indeed inspired by God Himself, as men were moved by the Holy Spirit to write it.

      Jerusalem will ultimately be controlled by God and His people, and no natural or spiritual forces can stop it. For it is written:

      Zechariah 12:1-3
      1 The burden of the word of the Lord against Israel. Thus says the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: 2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. 3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it…7 “The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah. 8 In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. 9 It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

      and in another place:

      Isaiah 62:1-4
      1 For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
      And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
      Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
      And her salvation as a lamp that burns.
      2 The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
      And all kings your glory.
      You shall be called by a new name,
      Which the mouth of the Lord will name.
      3 You shall also be a crown of glory
      In the hand of the Lord,
      And a royal diadem
      In the hand of your God.
      4 You shall no longer be termed Forsaken,
      Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate;
      But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah;
      For the Lord delights in you,
      And your land shall be married.

      • If you use the bible as an argument as who should have Jerusalem, Jerusalem would be Christian as it is mentioned more in the Christian 767 NKJV compared to 641 and 0 for Judaism and Islam. So the use of religious texts to decide who should have control over a city is ridiculous

    • If u do not take the Bible as a legal tender , u make God a lier and u are doomed 4ever. Egyptians never owned Jerusalem since creation. Read the Bible again 4 this matter and u will agree that Jerusalem has been and will ever be the capital Israel.

    • They will never learn 1 day you will but it could be to late .every thing that going on over there and other place is what god said that will happen your eye are not open

    • David – don’t you find it ironic that your name does not align with your views?

    • Israel belongs to GOD. end of discussion.

      • The Arab nations should by now convice that God convenant with Israel is valid and unbroken. The reason why all the combine forces of Arab nations cannot defeat tiny Israel in military battle. Any battle against Israel is a battle against God. Israel is jerusalem and jerusalem is israel. The history of israel is not complete without the mentioning of jerusalem. The Arab nations should not continue the battle they cannot win. The fact remain that any slight military defeat of Israel by any combination of Arab forces is a signal to the end of the world because nuclear war is inefitable (Israel/United States vs Arabs/Russia). Any student of history should read october 1973 Arab-Israeli war then you will know that the US doesn’t joke with Israel security. Attack Israel and you have US and God to contend with. God bless America and the City of David (Jerusalem)

    • Of course the Bible is totally irrelevant. It was written 2500 years ago at a time when most Jews still lived in Israel and Jerusalem was entirely Jewish. I’d say the most compelling reason for Israel to keep all of Jerusalem and its environs is that prior to the war in 1948, that area had a 2/3 Jewish majority and today Jews are again the majority of the population in both east and west Jerusalem as well as its surrounding area. If the PA were granted Jerusalem (which most people in the city would be vehemently against), the Arabs would be a minority in their own capitol.

  • Logic: Cannot make real arguments, therefore the tactic must be to scare people. And of course use the bible, a book that belongs in the mythology section of book store along with the Homer books.

    • Most accurate mythological book ever. Man, those writers had an uncanny ability to guess the future correctly. Wow.

      • Ever heard of self for filling prophecy? Maybe what you call the actions of god over the past decades have actually been manipulated by the hands of MAN!?

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

    Read more →
  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

    Read more →
  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.