Rami, Jerusalem is very important to Jews - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jania
    • 05.04.10 | 21:29 (IDT)

    Rami, I would like to ask you how the message is clear. Please explain why, during the 19 years that Jordan had possession of Jerusalem, no Arab or Muslim leader of any country visited Jerusalem. Even King Hussein neglected the city. Isn?t it true that Jerusalem is important to Muslims because the city is in Jewish hands? Remember, Jerusalem may contain the third holiest site in Islam, but the city is the holiest in Judaism. Muslims are permitted to pray in Jerusalem and at one of their holiest shrines. For Jews, the Temple Mount is the holiest (not just one of the holiest) sites, yet Jews are not permitted to pray there due to Arab Muslim intolerance. If Muslims were to take over the holy portion of the city, Jews would be denied all rights. This is why the old city must remain under Israeli control in a final settlement. WHAT KIND OF REAL PEACE WOULD THERE BE IN JERUSALEM IF JEWS WERE DENIED THEIR RIGHTS ONCE AGAIN? Giving up Jerusalem would not bring peace; it might even cause conflicts between various Muslim groups who would fight over the city. And what difference would it make to Jews if Islamic fanatics were negated if Jews were denied their rights to their holiest city?

    from the article: Saudi cleric plans Jerusalem trip to bolster Muslim claims to city
    First published 19:34 05.04.10 | Last updated 19:40 05.04.10
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