JORDAN - King Abdullah: Christianity in Jerusalem Under Fire

Arno Froese

“Christianity in the holy city is under fire... this cannot continue,” Abdullah said. “As custodians of Jerusalem’s Muslim and Christian holy sites, we are committed to protecting the historical and legal status quo and to their safety and future. We are committed to defending the rights, the precious heritage and the historic identity of the Christian people of our region.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah II addressed the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, U.S., September 20, 2022.

Overall, “the future of Jerusalem is an urgent concern,” he said at the plenum. “The city is holy to billions of Muslims, Christians and Jews around the world. Undermining Jerusalem’s legal and historical status quo triggers global tensions and deepens religious divides. The holy city must not be a place for hatred and division.”, 20 September 2022

Arno's Commentary

The king’s Israel-bashing did not go over well with Israelis. They recall that before Jerusalem’s liberation from Jordan by Israel in 1967, no Jew was permitted to even enter the narrow enclave to touch the Wailing Wall, now called the Western Wall. Did Jordan defend the rights of Christians and Jews under their period of occupation? The answer is crystal clear: no. A statement found on the website reads: “A spokesperson for Christians United for Israel (CUFI) disputed Abdullah’s remarks, saying that ‘Jerusalem never knew true peace or prosperity until its liberation by Israel.’” Further down it adds: “‘Under Israeli rule since 1967, there has been a clear effort to ensure religious freedom for all three monotheistic faiths,’ he said. ‘I don’t think anyone could argue that Christian holy sites are imperiled in any way.’”

It seems strange that Israel continues to be the target of such diatribes, despite the fact that real freedom of religion and access to so-called holy places is guaranteed.

Incidentally, this writer insists that there is no such thing as “Christian holy sites.” We worship God in spirit and in truth, anywhere, anyplace, anytime.

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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