Jerusalem: Israel's undivided political capital - open to Jews, Muslims and Christians - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Daniel - CH
    • 06.05.10 | 18:11 (IDT)

    Levi: "And what about the sanctity of Jerusalem as the third holiest city in Islam after Mecca and Medina? What does sanctity have to do with sovereignty, anyhow?" What does the sanctity of Jerusalem for the three monotheistic religions have to do with politics, Gideon? Are Medina and Mekka also polical capitals of the Islamic world or of a Islamic state? Fact is that Jerusalem always was both the political and religious capital of the Jewish people. This was never the case neither for the Palestinian people nor for the Muslim world. The latter considers Jerusalem as the the thirth holiest religious city, but not beyond. The religious importance of Jerusalem for Islam and the Muslims was never questioned by Israel; it was instead Jordan that destroyed nearly all signs of Jewish live during its occupation in East Jerusalem. The claim of the Palestinians towards Jerusalem as their future capital is new and directly functional to their and the Arab struggle against the sovereignty of the Jewish state of Israel. Islam has all rights to stay in Jerusalem and consider the city a holy place, but as religion not as political force with expansionist aims (and the Palestinians as its Troian horse).

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    First published 01:26 06.05.10 | Last updated 01:26 06.05.10
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