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History Discussion at CGSC

Jerusalem… Capital of the Jewish State?

The city of Jerusalem has a long and fascinating history.  It is the religious nexus of the three great mono-theist faiths:  Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.  It is also the center of modern revolutionary conflict between the Zionist movement and the Palestinian people.  It is further, the focus of nation state discussion, negotiation and war.  The original UN plan for the creation of Israel called for Jerusalem to be an international city belong to no single nation state.  Jordan controlled east Jerusalem, and Israel west Jerusalem,  from 1948 to 1967.  After the 1967 war Israel annexed the city and currently occupies it as the capital of Israel.  In any future  Middle East Peace settlement, the status of Jerusalem will be central.  Should it be divided again into east and west (Arab and Israeli) sectors, or should it be internationalized?  Possibly, over forty years after the 1967 war, it is impossible to go back to these previous solutions and it should remain in Israeli hands.

May 18, 2009 - Posted by | A652 | , , , , ,


  1. In November 2007, Israeli Vice-Prime Minister, Haim Ramon, spoke out in support of partitioning Jerusalem. Though I do not agree with the road map that he outlined, it does at least provide a more feasible framework than a surely mismanaged international solution. Ramon’s proposal permitted the dismantling of previously established illegal settlements, encouraged a discontinuation of construction in these settlements, supported a return of about 95% percent of the territory that Israel acquired (annexed through conquest) in 1967, and outlined a plan to resolve the question of Jerusalem. In his proposal, the Eastern half of the city passed into Palestinian control and the West remained under Israeli control with shared holy sites passing over to Jordanian control (Islamic) and to UN control (Christian). Needless to say, the proposal stalled and gathers dust on some table as Israel and her neighbors continue fighting, thus preventing moving forward on any real solution. Though I personally would rather see an internationalized, the UN’s track record of territories under a UN or international community mandate has been sketchy and wroght with failure. I believe Ramon’s proposal has the greatest potential, however, for getting the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table and resume bilateral talks.

    Comment by Andrew Jones | June 1, 2009

  2. I love Jerusalem very much. Because my lord Jesus crist was born in that city. My mother saint Mary was born in that holly country. And the biggest thing is God loves that country and also I love it. Thank you

    Comment by Etalemahu Befekadu | April 9, 2010

  3. I believe that Jerusalem being such an important historical religious centre should be an international city for all the world to enjoy and visit.

    Comment by Siobhan Hickey | May 17, 2010

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