Don't let them forget Jerusalem!
This is the 40th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem. According to news reports, EU and US ambassadors will, as usual, snub Jerusalem day celebrations. These governments, including the US, all grant recognition to the most repugnant regimes and attend their diplomatic ceremonies. Failure to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, even de facto, renders all the declarations about friendship with Israel hollow. It is a cowardly surrender to Arab pressure.
This is not a theoretical issue. Palestinians are creating and fabricating "facts on the ground."
Palestinian publicists and officials insist that there was never a Jewish presence in ancient Jerusalem, against all evidence of Jewish sovereignty there in ancient times. Waqf excavations on the Temple Mount are destroying potential evidence of Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem, and Palestinian "experts" like Nadia abu el-Haj use "post-structuralist" wishful thinking to invent mythological histories in which Jews never ruled in Jerusalem and Judea.
Palestinians repeat over and over their supposed historic connection and "rights" in Jerusalem. If we do not stand up for Jerusalem, we will lose all our rights to the old city and all of historic Jerusalem. Palestinian leaders including Mahmud Abbas made it clear that they want all of East Jerusalem, including all of the Old City. Even if we are willing to make a compromise for peace, that compromise cannot throw away all Jewish rights to Jerusalem without a protest.
We must not hesitate to bring up the issue of Jerusalem at every opportunity, just as the Palestinians do, and to give the US and other countries a proper sense of the attachment of the Jewish people to our capital city.
There can never be peace for Israel until and unless the world recognizes Jewish rights in Jerusalem. These rights do not have to exclude others, but they must include the Jewish nation, because Jerusalem is our historic capital.
Help your governments do the right thing!
Orthodox Jews pray to God for Jerusalem and all Jews remember Jerusalem always. Make sure that your government remembers Jerusalem too, and remembers that Jews have rights there.
Please write to officials of your country to protest.
Ambassador Richard Jones: email@example.com (this is not the best address, but it is the one published and recommended by the US embassy - it is for consular services).
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
Make every day Jerusalem day!