BY RYAN JONES, ISRAEL TODAY—
A long-standing point of contention between Israel and the US (one of the few that exists) is the fact that while Congress and the vast majority of American citizens recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, the White House refuses to do so.
The Obama Administration’s position on Jerusalem took center stage this week when a State Department spokeswoman refused during a press briefing to accept that the city, even the non-contested and Jewish dominated western half, is the capital of Israel.
Early in the week, the Washington Free Beacon political blog discovered that a State Department communication posted online had identified “Jerusalem” and “Israel” as separate Middle East entities. Following that revelation, the State Department quickly altered the communique to list only cities and not countries.
At Wednesday’s weekly press briefing, a reporter asked State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland to comment on the issue, to which she replied, “Our policy with regard to Jerusalem is that it has to be solved through negotiations. We are not going to prejudge the outcome of those negotiations, including the final status of Jerusalem. …That’s all I have to say…”
But the reporter in question was not satisfied, and pressed Nuland, stating, “That seems to suggest that you do not regard Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” Nuland still was not budging, so the reporter tried to “give her an out” by asking, “Is it your position that all of Jerusalem is a final-status issue, or do you think — or is it just East Jerusalem?”
Nuland still refused to acknowledge that even the western side of Jerusalem, which has been under Israeli sovereignty since 1948, is the legitimate seat of Israel’s government. The Weekly Standard transcribed the entire exchange at the press briefing.
The United States continues to maintain its embassy in Tel Aviv, despite a 1995 act of Congress that stipulated the American mission was to be moved to Jerusalem no later than 1999. Successive American presidents have consistently invoked “national security” powers to avoid implementing the Jerusalem Embassy Act.
Israel is unfazed by the fresh commotion over the status of its capital, said an official .
“Jerusalem is Israel’s capital by decision of the Knesset and nothing can change that,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor stated. “It’s our capital, no matter what anyone else is saying.”
It makes no difference what the Obama administration says, Israel has the right to have whatever capital it wants.
ירושלים רק ליהודים
Forgive my Hebrew spelling, but the point is made: Mecca is for Muslims, Rome is for Christians (at least those that require an earthly city) And Only Jerusalem is for Jews!
A city of their (and God’s) choosing. Can we say at Pesach, “דינו”
“It is enough for us”
“I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
The Lord G-d to Abraham…Genesis 12:2-3
As we pray for Israel, please pray for America.
Jerusalem has been the historic capital of Israel since David was King! To think otherwise is to ignore history.
I am a Canadian, but I love Israel and the Jewish people. I do not believe that Jerusalem should be divided. I believe that G-d gave the land to the Jews, and who are we as mortal human beings to counter that? My husband and I pray constantly for the the Peace of Jerusalem. I do not want to stand before Almighty G-d, and for Him to tell me that I was against His orginal chosen people.
Nina M. Lawrence
We need to send Obum a to Chine
I am sorry that Obama has refused to agree that Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel.
He has left the God of Israel out of the equation. You do not mess with what God has
given to Israel. Time will bear this out.
It doesn’t matter what Obama and his extreme left, anti-God administration say about Jeruselum. It IS the capital of Israel! I have so much respect for Benjamin Netanyahu for telling the rest of the world how it is and as a proud American it sickens me to have to say that I have no respect for Obama. The day will come when he, like the rest of the world, will bow his knee and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.
I am praying for our government to hear from God & be obedient. Jerusalem cannot be divided & will be recognized.
We stand with Israel and the Holy City of Jerusalem no matter what, always. This week as I stood in front of the Supreme Court speaking for right thinking regarding ObamaCare and the decline of religious liberty, I was burdened once again for our nation. May this Holy Week bring us all to our knees before Messiah’s Throne.
G-d Chose the people of Israel thru whom fulfill His promise to mankind. David named Jerusalem as the capital city and so it shall be today regardless of what man will try to decree. He is supreme. Amen?
It is wisdom to fear God.
“Jerusalem the city where I have put My Name” 1Kings 11:36
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel….Israel is the promised land of the Jews. Don’t touch the apple of God’s eye.
qith, you are mistaken, Rome is NOT the city of True Christians. In God sight, believing Jews and believing Gentiles are ONE in Jesus. When Yeshua haMaschiah returns there will be a new Jerusalem and all the nations shall come to worship Yeshua/Jesus who shall sit upon David’s Throne in Jerusalem and reign and rule in power and great glory.
This is one more piece of coal upon America’s head….Judgment is coming…God cannot be mocked….God WILL NOT be mocked. Praise and all glory to Lord Jesus. Come soon Lord.
The Knesset needs to pass a law requiring that only embassies located in Jerusalem will be recognized!
JERUSALEM IS THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE!
Keep it up Obama, please keep it up and don’t listen to the Lord. As a matter of fact…dig into your corrupt soul and find some more ways to stand up in the face of God and show him that it is you and not He who must be obeyed.
Your time is coming and the time is short. Get to cookin’, bro.
It is obvious that Obama and his administration does not care to obey God. They have their own agenda and it does not include Gods’ or Israels’ desires. We need to pray for our president to humble himself before almighty God.
Obama Administration is incompetent. What do you expect? There are a remnant of Americans
that love the G-d of Israel & Israel. We are waiting for Messiah to return.
Who does Obama or anybody else think they are to tell isreal what city to have there capitol in. They became a soverign nation in 48 and took jerusalem in 67. It is there country. God chose it for them because they are gods chosen. Cursed are those who curse them, I think its safe to say that with everything that’s going on, the big guy is gonna be comin soon then every knee will bow and every toungh confess that Jesus is lord and Jerusalem is his capital and he will rule there forever. We are live in exciting but scary times. Can’t wait till he comes back to finally make things right.
No wonder we are being pounded by softball size hail, God has a whole storehouse of it Job 38:22. Zech 12:3
Ah-he-hem… Dear M(r)(iss)(rs)(s) qith,Rome, dear madam or sir, is for pagans. Peter was not the first pope, the pope is just the continuance of the Caesars which all considered themselves to be god, the so-called “universal church” is merely a pagan institution dressed in pseudo christian garb and relics, and no matter how much makeup you put on a pig, it is still a pig. Sadly, far too many with honest hearts are caught up in Babylon’s hypnotic allure, but God calls us out of Babylon, and most certainly out of its whore, the catholic church being the chief among the ecumenical movement, and thus head of the whore. Unless the root of the evil tree is removed along with the tree, the tree will continue bearing poison fruit. You don’t remove the root of a thing simply by dressing it up. I can plant a lemon tree and start calling it an apple tree all I like, but it will NEVER, NOT EVER be an apple tree, it is what its root says it is. Until it is utterly uprooted and destroyed, the root of a thing remains, and the thing will be what it was from the beginning no matter what else you call it, no matter how you address it, no matter what manner of covering you give it, if its origin is the heart of the wicked one then it can never be sanctified – do you really believe that God sees things according to how man calls them? Thus I will never observe christmas which is merely Yule or rebirth of Osiris, etc (Nimrod), essentially the one claimed to be the sun god, after the northern winter solstice, with fake christian garb (Jesus was in fact born about September, most likely on the feast of trumpets), nor will I ever observe Easter (Asherah, Isis, Aester (Semiramis), whatever you prefer, whatever ancient dialect you wish to use). Passover is the feast to observe, not the feast of the fertility goddess, Asherah, the “queen of heaven”. The Lord detests that idol.
Jerusalem will be God’s Holy City for eternity and mount Zion His holy mountain, once the wickedness is removed from those places, once the pagan nations are obliterated. Jesus is returning to establish the EARTHLY kingdom of God (“…on earth as it is in heaven…” – remember?). The heavenly Kingdom of God does not need to be established – it always was and always will be. Once He returns, no unrighteous person will ever again tread the streets of Jerusalem, and anybody who wishes to take it for their own possession will contend with the Ever Living God – no contest!
“Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. (Ruth 1:16)
If I have to chose between this twisted, sick and evil administration and God, well, that’s a pretty easy choice to make. As for me and my family, we chose the Lord.
Former Kibbutz volunteer and US Army vet.
As The Word states- I pray Lord come quickly and that you may find me worthy enough to escape!
I was in the sauna of a fitness center yesterday and was telling an elderly Muslim man from Syria that I pray for the peace of Jeruselam daily. He smiled rather wryly and said he did the same. He then clarified that his spelling of the word was probably different than mine and spelled it out for me “PIECE”. He said “We pray for the biggest piece we can get”!!!!
Jerusalem is the eternal capital city of the Jews as Jesus is the mighty conqueror coming to reign as the Lion of Judah and King of kings.
“this is an internal matter.”
“don’t ask, and we won’t tell”
“we’ll consider this after further negotiations”
“have your people call my people and we’ll find an appointment time for later next year”
“It’s all based upon the definition of the word “Is.” It’s based upon what the meaning of is …umm is.
“I never had sex with THAT woman.” (She just gave me a rainbow.)
“them banks is too big to fail!”
“Yes, I saw the first plane hit the twin towers on television.” (but Sir, there were no cameras on the street at the time the first plan hit the building.)
Ask NOT what you can do for your country. Ask what lies you can perpetrate so that your country will do for you.
I have just spoken to this issue and have nothing more to say
It’s an inconvenient truth that Potato doesn’t end with the letter E
PEOPLE WILL FALL FOR Any baIT of hate dangled in their face. Too lazy n stupid to do their own research.. FALLING LIKE SHEEP WHILE THE DEVIL LAUGHS AT THEIR STUPIDY OF ACEPTING THE BATE OF HATE,THIS IS FROM SIMPLY GOOGLING —->>>FROM WIKIPEDIA<<>.,The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 is a public law of the United States passed by the 104th Congress on October 23, 1995. It was passed for the purposes of initiating and funding the relocation of the Embassy of the United States in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no later than May 31, 1999, and attempted to withhold 50 percent of the funds appropriated to the State Department specifically for ‘‘Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad’’ as allocated in fiscal year 1999 until the United States Embassy in Jerusalem had officially opened. The act also called for Jerusalem to remain an undivided city and for it to be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel. Israel’s declared capital is Jerusalem, but this is not internationally recognized, pending final status talks in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The United States has withheld recognition of the city as Israel’s capital. The proposed law was adopted by the Senate (93–5), and the House (374–37).
Since passage, the law has never been implemented, because of opposition from Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama, who view it as a Congressional infringement on the executive branch’s constitutional authority over foreign policy; they have consistently claimed the presidential waiver on national security interests.
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2 Details 2.1 Timetable
2.2 Constitutional separation of powers
2.3 Presidential Waiver
4 See also
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Main article: United States positions on Jerusalem
Jerusalem holds unique spiritual and religious interests among the world’s Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Following the First World War, the victorious Principal Allied Powers recognized these as “a sacred trust of civilization”, and stipulated that the existing rights and claims connected with them should be safeguarded in perpetuity, under international guarantee. The terms of the British Balfour Declaration of 1917 were included in the Mandate for Palestine by the League of Nations. The US government was not a party to these agreements; but stated official foreign policy in 1919 was to ‘acquiesce’ in the Balfour Declaration, but not officially support Zionism. On September 21, 1922, the US Congress passed a joint resolution stating its support for a homeland in Palestine for the Jewish people but not at the expense of other cultures present at the time. This occurred virtually the same day the Palestine Mandate was approved by the League of Nations; although official government findings about the affected peoples’ choices concerning self-determination were available in government circles, they were withheld from the public until the following December. US foreign policy remained unchanged. These competing nationalist claims, one emanating from European oppression and one emanating locally against perceived colonialism, led to increasing civil violence during the inter-war period; following World War II, the ‘Question of Palestine’ was placed before the United Nations, as the League’s successor agency.
On 29 November 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 181, the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine; it contained a recommendation that Jerusalem be placed under a special international regime, a corpus separatum, administered by the United Nations and be separate from both the Jewish and Arab states envisioned. Following the conflict that ensued, cease-fires and the 1949 Armistice Agreements were negotiated and accepted by both sides. One of these resulted, in part, in a temporary division of Jerusalem. The relevant Armistice Agreement with Jordan, was signed on 3 April 1949, but it was considered internationally as having no legal effect on the continued validity of the provisions of the partition resolution for the internationalization of Jerusalem. On 25 April 1949, King Abdullah officially changed the name of Transjordan to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He had secured the support of Great Britain (albeit qualified—Great Britain did not recognize the incorporation of East Jerusalem, maintaining that it ought to be part of a corpus separatum, an international enclave).
On December 5, 1949 however, the Israeli Cabinet, meeting in Tel Aviv, declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, and on January 23, 1950, the First Knesset proclaimed that “Jerusalem was, and had always been, the capital of Israel.” On 24 April 1950, the Jordan House of Deputies and House of Notables, in a joint session, adopted a resolution annexing the West Bank and Jerusalem. Because the status of Jerusalem had been included previously in the UN Partition Plan, most countries did not accept this Israeli position, and most embassies have been located elsewhere.
The United States has stated that its policy on Jerusalem refers specifically to the geographic boundaries of the area that were set out for the “City of Jerusalem”, or Corpus Separatum, in Resolution 181, but since 1950, US diplomats have traveled regularly to Jerusalem from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to conduct business with Israeli officials. The United States has also stated that, in a de jure sense, Jerusalem was part of Palestine and has not since become part of any other sovereignty. After the capture of the entire city and the adjacent West Bank in the 1967 Six Day War, the United States again reaffirmed the desirability of establishing an international regime for the city of Jerusalem.
Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem would be a coup for Israeli hard-liners and their American supporters; they had lobbied hard for the passage of the Jerusalem Embassy Act at a particularly critical time in negotiations for the Oslo Accords, despite opposition from both the Israeli and American administrations. The embassy move remains controversial within the United States government because the final status of Jerusalem (and Palestine) has not been agreed by the parties in the Peace process.
The act asserted that every country has a right
>>>>>>.. GO READ THE REST FOR YOURSELF N LEARN NOT BE A FISH FOR THR BAIT OF HATE
SO IT WAS— BUSH.CLINTON NOW OBAMA.. WHY CAN’T PEOPLE TELL THE TRUTH .. ITS ABOUT make the black guy or the democrats look like the evil 1. I used to be like this ubntil JESUS OPENED MY EYES,, HE APEARED TO ME APRIL 1998. HE CAN APEAR TO YOU ASO IF YOU JUST SIMPLY …ASKED… STOP THE HATEN RACE BATING..POLITICAL PARTY HATE.. RELIGION HATE.. SIMPLY STOP HATE…IT’S AGAINST GOD….”GOD IS LOVE” (1 JOHN 4:8)