ISRAEL - ‘Jerusalem Capital of Palestine’

Arno Froese

Jerusalem isn’t the capital of Israel, Palestinian Social Affairs Minister Ahmed Majdalani told a United Nations forum on the status of Jerusalem that gathered in Geneva just one day after the US held an economic forum in Bahrain about a $50 billion plan for Palestinians should a peace deal be achieved.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. speakers, including UN officials, Palestinians, NGO representatives and ambassadors, spoke against Israeli activities in Jerusalem and affirmed that east Jerusalem was the “occupied capital” of the “Palestinian state.”

The status of Jerusalem cannot be unilaterally changed and must be in keeping with UN resolutions and international understandings, he said.

Among the most vocal was Majdalani, who referenced the 1947 Resolution 181, which set up Jerusalem as an international entity, even though he similarly spoke of east Jerusalem as the “Palestinian capital.”

Nazmi Al Jubeh, Associate Professor of History and Archaeology, Birzeit University, told the gathering that there was no scientific evidence linking Jews to Jerusalem, dismissing the artifacts which has been uncovered linking Jews to the Biblical city, including the remnants of its Temple.

Abbas said during a joint press conference with the Chilean president in Ramallah that Israel was undermining chances of achieving peace in the region based on the two-state solution and international resolutions.

He also accused the US of taking “punitive measures” against the Palestinians and said Washington was no longer qualified to act as a sponsor in the peace process between Palestinians and Israel. The US, Abbas said, “has encouraged Israel to consider Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel and annex the Golan Heights and some areas in the West Bank.”

“We are ready to work with an international multi-part mechanism to sponsor the negotiations [with Israel] and continue building Palestinian institutions,” the PA president said. “At the same time, we say that Palestinian national rights are not real estates that can be bought and sold with money. Achieving a political solution that guarantees freedom, dignity and independence for our people should precede any economic plans or projects because that will create security and stability for all.”

Abbas said that this was the reason why the Palestinians did not participate in the American economic workshop that was held in Bahrain., 27 June 2019

Arno's commentary

Internationalization is the key word when it comes to Jerusalem. It seems strange that educated people blatantly disregard historical and archaeological facts: “there was no scientific evidence linking Jews to Jerusalem.”

Biblically speaking, Jerusalem is much more than the capital of the state of Israel. Jerusalem is the center of the world, and the stumbling stone for the Gentile nations. The prophet Joel proclaims: “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand” (Joel 2:1). The future is proclaimed in Joel 3:16-17: “The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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