12 Reasons Why Jerusalem Must Remain Under Israeli Control

May 17, 2011 10:29 pm 15 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.

15 Comments

  • 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

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  • 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.

  • 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!?

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