With Their New Status, Palestinians Will Observe a Bursting Israeli Jerusalem

December 11, 2012 2:01 pm 0 comments

Israel's capital city Jerusalem.

Open your eyes and see the fires burning in Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, Libya and Lebanon, whilst Israel’s economic development marches forward relentlessly. While Jerusalem is on track to becoming a world city as the principal hub of tourism to the Middle East, Damascus, Cairo and Beirut are crippled and simply unable to respond. In competitive terms, it’s as if all of Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Androids ceased operating just when Nokia began to produce their best products.

Jerusalem’s metropolitan population is expected to double by 2030 and triple by 2050. Notwithstanding the world’s negative response to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s announcement that Israel will surge forward with construction plans in the E1 zone of east Jerusalem, these activities are essential to economic prosperity. The city’s Muslim, Christian and Jewish constituents will benefit as a result, and no amount of political rhetoric will surpass the fundamental necessity to eradicate poverty and through it, the insurgencies that prey on the poor.

The world is tired of the political shenanigans promoted by political puppet masters who dance to the tune of those with the loudest voice, the voice of fundamental Islam intent on dominating culture and society and claiming Israel’s scalp, the crown of its insurgency. And Israel’s focus – BUILD!  Build much needed housing for its ballooning immigrant population. Build hotels to accommodate the massive growth in tourism (Jerusalem is short 10,000 hotel rooms). Build infrastructure, roads, trains, airports, ports and resources.

Jerusalem has a new light rail, and in a few years the train from Tel Aviv will deliver people to the doorsteps of the ancient city’s holy basin in 30 minutes. The new Convention City is approved, construction commenced, and government is coordinated to attract and accommodate tourists in Jerusalem’s center. The largest inbound travel operators are demanding to market and sell Jerusalem more aggressively to the world’s 2.5 billion people who have an innate connection to the city.

This financial opportunity is inherently ethical, because the GDP contribution from construction and tourism also demands a desired proportion of unskilled labor from the widest possible human resource footprint. The naysayers who would otherwise divide Jerusalem to satisfy their political desires at the expense of prosperity for the poor, and politicians who sacrifice justice to retain the semblance of power, will self-destruct because they failed to open their eyes.

Whilst Israel’s enemies would prefer the theater of war be directed inside her borders, Israel’s technological prowess will continue to protect its citizens, residents and occupants, but when its occupants attack it from within its borders the intolerable civil situation requires the strongest military response. However, Israel’s compassion and dedication to the human condition prevents it from perpetrating a Syrian style massacre, and its enemies who subscribe to the honor of death see that as weakness.

The tide of Israel’s opposition ebbs and flows, but we are living in remarkable times when the power of the tide has been substantially reduced. Israel can finally stand firmly in the ocean as the waves pound against it, and the more it sinks its roots in buildings, construction, substantial infrastructure and ingenious technologies that spread the world over, the more Israel becomes a stable anchor, an independent force and a permanent beacon of light.

Notwithstanding the myriad subversive insurgent agendas Jews of the world may possess from time-to-time – as anyone will attest, “three Jews, four opinions” – Israel the Jewish nation, not the state, has one preeminent insurgency. This insurgency envisages a world peace that also accommodates Jewish independence and an unrestricted ability to celebrate its culture. However, Israel the Jewish state, a concept its most fundamental opponents can never accept, highlights the bigoted nature of insurgency and at the opposite extreme, Jewish orthodoxy’s response: Rebuild Jerusalem, assemble the righteous and allow Jerusalem to blossom as a city on a hill whose rays illuminate the darkness of so many including the inhabitants of its neighboring Middle Eastern capital cities still yearning to breathe free.

Kevin Bermeister is the founder of Jerusalem 5800, a master plan for Jerusalem through the year 2050.  Bermeister is a technological innovator, developing substantial businesses in the computer, multimedia and Internet industries.  Among his many accomplishments, he was a founding investor of Skype in 2002.  He is also an active investor in Israeli real estate.

Leave a Reply

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


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Europe Sports Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    A Hebrew tattoo sported by Croatian soccer star Mario Mandzukic became an internet sensation in Israel after it was exposed on Tuesday during a Champions League match between Ateltico Madrid and Real Madrid A first glance, the tattoo, on the athlete’s back, might leave one with the impression that it was an unfortunate artistic mistake, since the Hebrew letters do not make sense as they are written. However, a closer look at the tattoo shows that it was actually written [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Theater Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    For the past two years, I have served as Opinion Editor at The Algemeiner. I’m perhaps most proud of the paper’s commitment to publishing diverse and opposing viewpoints on the controversial issues of the day. We pride ourselves on voicing different opinions because we know that most issues are not black and white, and because our community is better served by a public debate. In my life outside of the paper, I am a professional actor and playwright. And similarly, [...]

    Read 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 →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.