April 29, 2010


What united city? (ABRAHAM RABINOVICH, 29/04/2010, Jerusalem Post)

So-called east Jerusalem has no more sanctity or connection to ‘eternal Jerusalem’ than any village in the West Bank.

Despite four decades of intensive construction of Jewish housing in east Jerusalem, the Jewish majority in the city has fallen from 74 percent in 1967 to 65% today.

The Israelis have built fast, but the Palestinians have bred faster.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s response has been to ignore the obvious solution to the demographic problem and instead proclaim Jerusalem a “united city, the eternal capital of the Jewish people,” a slogan masquerading as a policy.

The borders of today’s Jerusalem were not fixed by the Bible but by a handful of civil servants and a general, Rehavam Ze’evi, who comprised the government committee which drew up the annexation map in the immediate aftermath of the Six Day War. In taking 70 square kilometers of former Jordanian territory, only six of which had been part of Jordanian Jerusalem, they were guided primarily by security considerations – inclusion of maximum high ground and minimum Arab population – not by historical memory. The territory taken, which tripled the size of Jerusalem, was almost entirely rural and included land from 28 outlying Arab villages. Also included was the Old City, site of the Israelite capital for a millennium and the focus of Jewish prayer ever since, but measuring less than one square kilometer.

The unfortunate thing is that the Jews of East Jerusalem are just chips to be traded in the eventual peace deal.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 29, 2010 2:06 PM
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