Israel Ends An Unofficial Construction Freeze In Jewish Neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, Announcing Plans To Build 238 Housing Units

Theyenguy reports that Israel ended an unofficial construction freeze in Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, announcing plans to build 238 housing units. The move comes as hard-won peace talks are stalled over the question of whether Israel will extend its broader construction moratorium in the West Bank. While East Jerusalem was not a part of the pivotal, 10-month construction moratorium in the West Bank, the Palestinians want it as their future capital. In March, when Vice President Joe Biden was visiting Jerusalem, Israel announced plans for 1600 Jewish units in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, embarrassing Biden and infuriating President Obama. The Palestinians say they cannot return to negotiations without an extension of the freeze because they are watching their future state disappear under their feet. Netanyahu says the settlement construction, which has been going on for four decades and now houses hundreds of thousands of Israelis, should be among the issues on the table, not a condition for negotiations.  

The issue in Jerusalem is one of sovereignty over Jerusalem. The Zionists maintain Medinat Yisrael, Medinat Israel, the State of Israel, is sovereign over the city of Jerusalem, and that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel and that Jerusalem cannot be divided and that it cannot be the capitol of any other peoples.

It was on May 21, 2009 Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, went on record saying, “A unified Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Jerusalem always has been and always will be ours and it will never again be divided.” This was followed the next day by a statement from French Foreign Ministry spokesman Frederic Desagneaux: “The international community does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the city’s status is a stumbling block in negotiations with the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.”

If you know Scripture, that statement should make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, as it is a fulfillment of bible prophecy.  Through the prophet Zechariah, the Lord God spoke: “In that day I will make Jerusalem a stumbling block for all people; all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth gather against it.”  (Zechariah 12:3).  Gills Exposition of the Entire Bible comments on the verse relating:  “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people. The Targum renders it “a stone of offence”; at which they shall stumble and fall; but it seems to design the immovableness of the state and condition of Jerusalem, that those who attempt to remove her out of her place, or to make any alteration in her happy circumstances, will not be able to do it.”

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Christians And Jews United For Israel reports that on May, 23, 2010, A crowd of 540 enthusiastic activists descended on Harvard Street in Brookline to declare their support for the one united Jerusalem.  Jewish and Christian leaders took to the podium and encouraged the participants by proclaiming the right of Israel to maintain Jerusalem as her eternal undivided capital.  The event concluded with a march through the neighborhood.

Haaretz, Apr 20, 2010: Lieberman: Jerusalem is our eternal capital, it will never be divided

An article in The New York Times on May 21, 2000 during negotiations summarized the problem: “Jerusalem is rarely publicly discussed by Israeli or Palestinian leaders in anything but black-and-white terms. It is the ‘eternal, undivided capital’ of Israel, on the one hand, and the future capital of the Palestinian state on the other: seemingly irreconcilable concepts that have led any intelligent politicians to recommend that the issue be left unresolved in the current, supposedly final, peace talks”.

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