Prof. Raphi Jospe
Prof. Raphi Jospe, World Council of Churches, 1994, November 12, 2015
Jerusalem's significance in Judaism is unique compared to all other religions
"Israel Hayom," http://bit.ly/1L9ioek, September 04, 2015
Simultaneously with a litany of "O Jerusalem" boasting statements, recent Israeli Prime Ministers have demonstrated "Oy Jerusalem" feeble action.
http://bit.ly/JyobMm, May 25, 2012
Jerusalem has been one of the most dramatic issues of discord between the will of the American constituent and Congress on the one hand, and State-Department-driven presidential policy on the other hand.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4050815,00.html, April 01, 2011
Israeli ID cards have been sought by senior PLO and Hamas officials and their relatives, such as the three sisters of Ismail Haniyeh, the top leader of Hamas. They married Israeli Arabs and migrated from Gaza to Tel Sheva in Israel's Negev.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4011234,00.html, January 10, 2011
Since Oslo, 1993, the case of the Jewish State has highlighted Israel's pursuit of peace and security, while downplaying the right/deed of the Jewish People to its historical homeland. A resounding rebuke of David Ben Gurion, the Laborite Founding Father of the Jewish State and its first Prime Minister, who stated: "He who abandons his past, forfeits his future" ("Notes on Zionism," pp. 1-5, 1947).
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3917539,00.html, July 11, 2010
1. The views of David Ben Gurion – The Founding Father of the Jewish State – on Jerusalem are particularly pertinent at a time when President Obama entices illegal Arab construction in Jerusalem (by threatening Israel against demolition of illegal Arab homes), while pressuring Israel to refrain from legal Jewish construction in the Capital City of the Jewish People. 1,100 illegal Arab homes are built annually in Jerusalem and only 50 are demolished. Ben Gurion’s position on the unique role of Jerusalem is very relevant at a time when the Oslo Process – and its derivatives until today – have demoted Jerusalem, the Heart of the Jewish People and its eternal capital to a “Negotiable Item.” It is doubly relevant against the backdrop of a construction freeze in eastern Jerusalem, which was initiated by President Obama and has been enforced by the Israeli government.
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=171108, March 16, 2010
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s apology to Vice President Biden – for authorizing the construction of Jewish homes in Jerusalem during Biden’s visit – departs sharply from the assertive legacy of all Israeli Prime Ministers from Ben Gurion (1948) to Shamir (1992). It is consistent with the retreating Oslo state of mind, which has afflicted all Prime Ministers since 1993. This apologetic response ignores the significant “Jerusalem Divide” between the dramatically-weakened President Obama on one hand and the majority of the American People and Congress on the other hand. Moreover, it triggers further pressure by Obama, radicalizes Arab demands, undermines the future of Jerusalem as the indivisible capital of the Jewish State, and erodes Israel’s strategic posture in Washington and in the Middle East. Placating President Obama will certainly not transform his position on Iran from engagement to confrontation and will not produce a Green Light for an Israeli attack on Iran.
http://www.news1.co.il/Archive/003-D-40868-00.html?tag=19-56-48, September 09, 2009
Fact: In 1950, the US Administration pressured Israel to refrain from Jewish construction in Jerusalem and from declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel – Prime Minister Ben Gurion built, relocated government agencies and thousands of immigrants to Jerusalem and declared Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish State. In 1967, the US Administration pressured against annexation of East Jerusalem – Prime Minister Eshkol annexed, reunited Jerusalem, and built the formidable Ramat Eshkol neighborhood. In 1970, the US Administration pressured Israel to relinquish control over parts of Jerusalem – Prime Minister Golda Meir constructed the neighborhoods of Gilo, Ramot and Neveh Yaakov (current population over 100,000!). The US Administration pressured, Israel constructed, Jerusalem expanded and the Jewish State earned strategic respect.
Jerusalem Cloakroom #225, July 24, 2009
Ambassador (ret.) Yehuda Avner, who served under five Prime Ministers, writes in his forthcoming book (summer 2010), The Prime Ministers – An Intimate Portrait of Leaders of Israel:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3750386,00.html, July 21, 2009
Twenty five towns in the United States, from Massachusetts to Oregon, bear the name of Jerusalem – Salem. This is a reflection of the unique bonds that exist between the USA – since the 17th century Pilgrims and the Founding Fathers – and the Jewish capital, land, history and religion.
The US Congress – the most authentic representative of the American People – has passed a series of bills and resolutions, reaffirming the role of Jerusalem, as the indivisible capital of the Jewish State and the appropriate site for the US embassy in Israel.