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Jerusalem: A Matter of Perspective

As American Jews prepare once again to pray, “next year in Jerusalem,” on Yom Kippur, they should know that plans are being made to prevent that from taking place. For better or for worse, if it were up to Ehud Olmert we might be switching our prayers from “next year in Jerusalem,” to “next year in half of Jerusalem.”
According to the JTA, Haim Ramon, Olmert’s top secretary, has devised a peace plan that would cede to the Palestinian Authority a good chunk of Jerusalem. Ahh… and I remember when Olmert swore over his dead body he would never give up an inch of Jerusalem. Its interesting how someone who swore he would never divide Jerusalem is now making plans to give it up to the PA. Olmert’s about face is just one more indicator of the truth of Ariel Sharon’s adage explaining his own about face once he became prime minster, “You see things from here that you don’t see from there.”

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posted September 20, 2007 at 8:55 pm

It is a serious thing to swear an oath,even more so if you are a leader of G-d’s chosen people. Mr.Olmert may just have his oath come to pass.. if he contunes in this path the Lord may well intervene and it will be the last thing Olmert does.It would not be the first time the Lord let a rebelous man who knew better, fall into his own self dug pit.He has betrayed his oath, his people,& his country. We are told to pray for the peace of Jerusalem,…..not to give it away to our enemies ,it is foolish to invite your known enemy into your home, hoping that he will behave,knowing from experence that he never has. I look at it this way ..if you gave someone you dearly loved a gift and then later you saw them throw it in the garbage how would you feel? G-d gave us this land and much more, that we have already given away, hoping to apease a rabid animal! You can not have any kind of agreement with a liar…..PERIOD !

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posted September 21, 2007 at 11:22 am

I have many relatives living in Eretz Yisrael — and some, but not all of them, would disagree with me on this.
People tend to treat us as we expect them to treat us. Our expectations shine through, become manifest in our own actions, and breed much-similar actions and expectations on the other side. If you give someone no chance to be anything but a liar, he will be a liar — but you must then share the blame for what transpires.
We are all connected, every one of us: Jew, Arab, Buddhist, even the ignorant cannibal living somewhere deep in a jungle. Like it or not, it is so. Even more: We, and the Arabs, are all Abraham’s grandchildren. The very geography of Jerusalem is there to remind us — if we open our eyes wide enough to see more than just the Wall, there is the Dome of the Rock, barely a stone’s throw away.
We all know the history — how in past generations Jewish tombstones were used for paving, and worse, when Jerusalem (or parts of it) were outside Israeli control. Reconciliation is *hard* — the Torah teaches us that, before Jacob could reconcile with Esau, he spent a long, hard night of struggle, from which he emerged with a permanent limp — and the very name Israel. Anwar Sadat paid with his life for giving Israel even a small measure of peace with Egypt.
I do not pretend to know the answer, to the problem of Jerusalem, much less to the broader conflict. Yet I am entirely certain that if we do not find a way to address these issues, in a manner that grants the Palestinians some measure of dignity, there will be no peace. We need peace — can anyone doubt this? The Palestinians, too, need peace. None of us will find it, unless we are willing to deal with each other as people with whom we *can* live in peace.
The alternative? While next year we may still have all of Jerusalem, we risk a future in which we will have none of it.
As someone once wrote, “There is no ‘way to peace.’ Peace *is* the way.”

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posted September 21, 2007 at 2:48 pm

It is most sad the the Muslim and Arab residents of the Holy Land have always treated the Jews living there in such a shabby way. Don’t let anyone tell you that “1948” caused all the hated of Arabs against Jews. “1948” doesn’t explain the 1929 massacre of the Jews of Hevron, nor does it explain the collaboration of Jerusalem Mufti Al-Husseini (Arafat’s uncle) with the Nazi high command in 1941, with plans to deport the Jews of Palestine to Eastern Europe for extermination. Fotunately the Germans lost their hold in Palestine before that evil plot could be carried out, but it’s documented in the annals of history.
We Jews are weary of always getting slaughtered as a reponse to our offers of peace in the Holy Land. The Arabs have not budged one inch in their demand for the Middle East to be Judenrein.
Let them move toward reconciliation and we can talk. Everyone must understand that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has freedom of religion, where Jews, Christians, Muslims and others can be full citizens who can participate in the government…Yossel

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laura t mushkat

posted September 21, 2007 at 3:42 pm

some people can be trusted others can not.
it is that simple. unfortunatly if you give Jerusalem even partly back to the Arabs they will still want all of it so why bother?
also anytime a Arab leader expressed sympathy with Israel they were soon eliminated.
anyone who gives them anything will be disapointed.
the status quo with Jersualem must be maintained.

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posted September 21, 2007 at 11:52 pm

Olmert is up for re-election sometime soon, and I’ve heard that Netanyahu is a candidate. Not to worry, the city will not be partitioned…
shalom to you all!

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posted September 23, 2007 at 1:37 pm

All of Jerusalem and all of Israel belongs by Divine decree to the people of Israel, the sons of Jacob. No lasting peace will ever be obtained by forsaking this holy land.
The true leaders of The Land must stand up and refuse to give up and give in to to this pressure which only wants to destroy us.

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randy hout

posted October 1, 2007 at 7:15 pm

As a fervent supporter of ‘truth’ over partisanship I feel it very odd to use the expression ‘land for peace’. In reality, all six billion plus of us live on only a small fraction of the Earth’s crowded surface. Why oh why can’t we understand, as was expressed in a previous response to this blog, that it really is all about ‘us’ not me and mine. We are all related in truth, and what happens to ‘the other’ also happens to me now. Perhaps some of the Native American Elders had it right when they said that no one ever own’s the land. It owns you.
I know the problems are complex, and I don’t want to make light of them, but somehow any hope of peace must be found in our similarities, rather than our differences.
The ironic thing may be that in the future, (with the dieing of the earth as we know it) survival may mean working together just to live. Other issues may pale compared to that.

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Homer Wiggins

posted October 10, 2007 at 10:23 pm

How can any Israeli leader trust the Muslims that have never kept their side of any agreement. The only thing Israel has ever gotten is more rockets fired at Israelis.
How can anyone Jew or Gentile consider surrendering the city of G-D
G-D WILL bless those who pray for Jerusalem and one can know that those who divide Jerusalem can expect G-D’S DISPLEASURE. Which does Olmert and those who agree with him want ?

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