Wrong About Jerusalem

Editor, News-Register:

He can’t help himself, his hatred of Israel is too great! Patrick Buchanan had to slip in a cutting, incorrect comment about Israel in his 850-word column, “Hold NATO to Account” printed in the July 14 edition of The Intelligencer. He said, “A frustrated Trump had already hinted he may accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea as he accepted Israel’s annexation of Jerusalem.”

For more than three millennia, Jerusalem has been central to Jewish culture and life. It is home to the holiest place in Judaism, the Temple Mount. During that time Jews, the indigenous people to Jerusalem and the rest of the country, have maintained a continuous and interrupted presence in the land of Israel.

“No Arab or Muslim power ever claimed Jerusalem as its capital. Over the centuries, Jerusalem has been ruled by various invading empires. Other than the Crusaders, the rulers made their capitals Caesarea, Damascus, Baghdad, Cairo, and Constantinople, not Jerusalem,” according to “Stand With Us. Jerusalem-Ten Essential Facts.” Jerusalem has always been the eternal capital of Israel and the Jewish people.

Three U.S. presidents before Trump have stated that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel. Readers can view their statements on YouTube, titled “From Bill to Obama on Jerusalem.”

The Jerusalem Embassy Act became law on 11/8/1995, 27 days after it was first introduced to the Senate. It stated:

Statement of the Policy

Of the United States

(1) Jerusalem should remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected;

(2) Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and

(3) The United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999.

The Senate vote was 93-5 and the House vote was 374-37. The authors, who inserted the Presidential Waiver Option, thought it may be used once or twice. Never did they imagine it would be used every six months for 18 years.

Lastly, during peace negotiations in 2008, Israeli Prime Minister Olmert offered Palestinian Authority President Abbas 98-99 percent of what he demanded for a Palestinian State, and Abbas rejected it. Ask any labor leader in the valley involved in contract negotiations about expectations. Most would be ecstatic to get 50-60 percent of their demands!

Stuart V. Pavilack,

Executive Director

Zionist Organization of America