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We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Sunday, 4 February 2018

David Singer: Trump Credits Senate Bipartisanship for Jerusalem Declaration

Here's the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:

President Trump’s State of the Union address was mainly met in stony silence by the Democrats as their Republican rivals continually jumped to their feet to loudly applaud the President’s many achievements at home and overseas during the past twelve months.

Sustained Republican applause greeted Trump’s statement:
“Last month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the U.S. Senate just months before. I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
Yet the Democrats chose not to stand and applaud this special moment that was theirs as much as the Republicans, President Trump unreservedly acknowledging the Senate’s pivotal role in his historic Jerusalem Declaration.

Senate Resolution S.Res.176 – passed on 5 June 2017 by 90 votes to 0 – had declared:
“RESOLUTION
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
Whereas June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and the reunification of the city of Jerusalem;
Whereas there has been a continuous Jewish presence in Jerusalem for 3 millennia;
Whereas Jerusalem is a holy city and the home for people of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths;
Whereas, for 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been Judaism's holiest city and the focal point of Jewish religious devotion;
Whereas, from 1948 to 1967, Jerusalem was a divided city, and Israeli citizens of all faiths as well as Jews of all nationalities were denied access to holy sites in eastern Jerusalem, including the Old City, in which the Western Wall is located;
Whereas, in 1967, Jerusalem was reunited by Israel during the conflict known as the Six Day War;
Whereas, since 1967, Jerusalem has been a united city, and persons of all religious faiths have access to holy sites within the city;
Whereas this year marks the 50th year that Jerusalem has been administered as a united city in which the rights of all faiths have been respected and protected; Whereas the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104–45), which became law on November 8, 1995, states that Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected; and
Whereas it is the longstanding policy of the United States Government that a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be achieved through direct, bilateral negotiations without preconditions for a sustainable two-state solution: Now, therefore, be it
 Resolved, That the Senate
(1) recognizes the 50th Anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and extends its friendship and hopes for peace to the residents of Jerusalem and the people of Israel;
(2) reaffirms its support for Israel’s commitment to religious freedom and administration of holy sites in Jerusalem;
(3) continues to support strengthening the mutually beneficial American-Israeli relationship;
(4) commends Egypt and Jordan, former combatant states of the Six Day War, who in subsequent years embraced a vision of peace and coexistence with Israel and have continued to uphold their respective peace agreements;
(5) reaffirms that it is the longstanding, bipartisan policy of the United States Government that the permanent status of Jerusalem remains a matter to be decided between the parties through final status negotiations towards a two-state solution; and (6) reaffirms the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104–45) as United States law, and calls upon the President and all United States officials to abide by its provisions.
Republicans and Democrats had come together to draft and unanimously endorse this historic resolution – which had clearly inspired President Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration. Such bipartisanship has now seemingly disappeared with the release of the Nunes Memo
Recapturing that bipartisanship remains the greatest challenge to Trump making America really great again. passed on 5 June 2017 by 90 votes to 0 – had declared:
“RESOLUTION
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
Whereas June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and the reunification of the city of Jerusalem;
Whereas there has been a continuous Jewish presence in Jerusalem for 3 millennia;
Whereas Jerusalem is a holy city and the home for people of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths;
Whereas, for 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been Judaism's holiest city and the focal point of Jewish religious devotion;
Whereas, from 1948 to 1967, Jerusalem was a divided city, and Israeli citizens of all faiths as well as Jews of all nationalities were denied access to holy sites in eastern Jerusalem, including the Old City, in which the Western Wall is located;
Whereas, in 1967, Jerusalem was reunited by Israel during the conflict known as the Six Day War;
Whereas, since 1967, Jerusalem has been a united city, and persons of all religious faiths have access to holy sites within the city;
Whereas this year marks the 50th year that Jerusalem has been administered as a united city in which the rights of all faiths have been respected and protected; Whereas the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104–45), which became law on November 8, 1995, states that Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected; and
Whereas it is the longstanding policy of the United States Government that a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be achieved through direct, bilateral negotiations without preconditions for a sustainable two-state solution: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate –
(1) recognizes the 50th Anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and extends its friendship and hopes for peace to the residents of Jerusalem and the people of Israel;
(2) reaffirms its support for Israel’s commitment to religious freedom and administration of holy sites in Jerusalem;
(3) continues to support strengthening the mutually beneficial American-Israeli relationship;
(4) commends Egypt and Jordan, former combatant states of the Six Day War, who in subsequent years embraced a vision of peace and coexistence with Israel and have continued to uphold their respective peace agreements;
(5) reaffirms that it is the longstanding, bipartisan policy of the United States Government that the permanent status of Jerusalem remains a matter to be decided between the parties through final status negotiations towards a two-state solution; and (6) reaffirms the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104–45) as United States law, and calls upon the President and all United States officials to abide by its provisions.
Republicans and Democrats had come together to draft and unanimously endorse this historic resolution – which had clearly inspired President Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration. Such bipartisanship has now seemingly disappeared with the release of the Nunes Memo

Recapturing that bipartisanship remains the greatest challenge to Trump making America really great again.

4 comments:

  1. Have you ever wondered why so many people
    are trying to take Jerusalem away from Jews?

    The answer is in the Bible:

    The Biblical Book of Jeremiah, end of chapter 17,
    teaches:


    If the Jewish people observe Shabbat [the Jewish Sabbath] then Jerusalem will be ruled by Jews forever (verses 24 to 25).

    But if Jews DO NOT observe Shabbat, then the Land of Israel [literally, Jerusalem] will burn with fire (verse 27, last verse of chapter).

    How Shabbat-desecration harms Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem:
    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/12/guest-post-jeremiah-chapter-17.html

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    Have you ever wondered why so many people
    are trying to take the Land of Israel away from Jews?

    The answer is in the Bible:

    In the Biblical Book of Joshua, chapter 23, verses 12 to 13,
    G_d reveals that:


    If Jews intermarry with non-Jews, then He will NOT help the Jews conquer the Land of Israel. And even worse, the sin of intermarriage will cause the Jews to be driven out from the Land of Israel.

    How intermarriage harms Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel:
    http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-joshua-chapter-23-verse-12.html

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  2. Schadenfreude news, Tim Blair humiliates Antony Loewenstein

    AIM HIGH, DELIVER LOEWE
    Former Fairfax trainee Antony Loewenstein last year promised a glittering opening night premier in New York for his long-awaited – by Antony – documentary Disaster Capitalism.

    Instead, Loewenstein’s sad movie will debut this month at Sydney’s 130-seat Metcalfe Auditorium.

    Those able to endure the sonic freakshow of a 43-year-old man who sounds like a pre-teen are welcome to inspect Antony’s trailer:
    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/blogs/tim-blair/aim-high-deliver-loewe/news-story/8bd09a3af6bf406070c284b9e20001b9

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    1. Thanks, Ian. This Is obviously a must-read!!!

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  3. If the Democrats take control of Congress you can kiss nearly all military assistance to Israel goodbye. If you thought Obama was a Jew hating genocidal screw-loose you haven't seen what the unhinged crazies in Congress can and will do. Israel needs to plan an exit strategy from having much of anything at all to do with the US.

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