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No, the Embassy Won’t Move to Disputed East Jersulem

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Ongoing debate about moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is surrounded by misinformation.

One common mistake suggests that the whole city is historically disputed territory between Israelis and Palestinians. That’s not true of Western Jerusalem, built up by returning Jews over the last 150 years, where the bulk of the city’s population lives and all Israeli government buildings are located.  Any new American embassy would also be built there.

In 1948’s War of Independence, Arab fighters seized only East Jerusalem, destroying Jewish neighborhoods that had flourished for over a thousand years, while slaughtering or expelling all Jewish residents.

Even before Israelis re-captured East Jerusalem in 1967, no portion of the city ever served as a Palestinian capital—or even a provincial capital for any Arab rulers. By contrast, Jerusalem has served as the ancient Jewish capital for more than 1,000 years, and Israel’s sole center of government ever since rebirth of the modern Jewish state 69 years ago.

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  1. william bleuel  •  Feb 3, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    You didn't answer why the embassy will not be moved.

  2. Dave Therkildsen  •  Feb 3, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    I believe his point is it won't move to E. Jerusalem but to W. Jerusalem.

  3. Wilbur Welsh  •  Feb 4, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    What a tap-dancer you are! I only want to know whether you support moving the embassy to Jerusalem or not. The history is well known. Can you not take a stance??

  4. kevin meechan  •  Feb 5, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Yes Michael, do you support moving the embassy to West Jerusalem? If not why not? I think the time to stop wasting time trying to appease the Palestinian Arabs has long since passed, they obviously have no interest in peace or a 2 state solution and land swaps achieve nothing but further violence.

  5. jeff bybee  •  Feb 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    it should always be mentioned that the jewish quarter of jusulum is in the eastern half but fact is jurusulam in jurusulam and the jordan river is the logical boundry and isreal should have anexed ot long ago like the golon heights and lastly when they talk of a two state solution I always thing yes isreal and jordan. thats the two states the british mandate was split into. the " palistinians" should have been given the west half of iraq when we defeated that counntry in the early 2000. what is the jewish people of isreal going to do when the now minority out breads them?

    • J R Russo  •  Mar 3, 2017 at 6:55 pm


  6. John S Roy  •  Mar 5, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel, regardless of whether any other nation agrees or not. But I firmly agree that it would be wise to support the winning side, which ultimately is Israel under God. God chose Israel to be "one nation under God", while we choose God and agreed to be "one nation under God". We can choose to fall away, but Israel cannot.

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