Jerusalem Day, 3015

Posted On May 12 , 2010
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THE TOWER OF DAVID - Guards the old city of Jerusalem

“Jerusalem is the heart of the Jewish people.”

So said Yitzhak Rabin, prime minister of Israel, in remarks delivered in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in 1995.  The occasion was the overwhelming passage, by Congress, of the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act, an important piece of legislation that, sadly, has been largely forgotten.

The bill recognized united Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and required the U.S. government to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But the Clinton administration vehemently opposed the legislation, and managed to insert a loophole: every six months, the administration can postpone implementation for another six months if it deems implementation to be harmful to America’s “national security.”  President Clinton proceeded to invoke the national security waiver every six months.  So did President Bush.  President Obama has done likewise.  That successive presidents have found it politically convenient to appease the Arabs by ignoring the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act does not change the fact that the Act represents the truth.

CAPITOL HILL IN WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Seat of Liberty

Today marks 43 years since Israel’s reunification of Jerusalem, in the Six Day War, and 3,015 years since Jerusalem first became the capital of the Jewish people, under King David. No other nation on earth can stake a claim to its capital even remotely close to the claim of the Jews to Jerusalem.  As Gov. Sarah Palin said in her Passover statement earlier this year, “Whatever the threats the Jewish people have faced, whatever the struggles, their connection to Jerusalem is ancient and unshakable.”

We say “amen” to Gov. Palin’s declaration.  We join her, and the tens of millions of other Americans of faith who support her, in reaffirming that Jerusalem is the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish People.

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  1. Bruce O'H. says:

    Jerusalem is the ancient and current Capital of the Nation of Israel, period. No compromise on Jerusalem. These are my feelings.