For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
Dr. Aaron Lerner IMRA Weekly Commentary 18 March '10
Why should Jordan's King Abdullah II get a free pass when he slams Israel with criticism that grossly misrepresents the situation in Jerusalem?
"Jerusalem is a red line and the world should not be silent about Israel's attempts to get rid of Jerusalem's Arabs residents, Muslims or Christians," the king told visiting EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton this week, claiming that Israel seeks to "change Jerusalem's identity and threaten holy sites there."
King Abdullah knows damn well that this is baloney.
Israel isn't clearing out Arabs from Jerusalem. If anything, Arabs from the West Bank are trying to move into Jerusalem in the hopes that they will be able to remain in territory under Israeli control if and when a Palestinian state is formed.
Jordan knows that Israel doesn't threaten the holy sites of Islam or Christianity.
In point of fact, King Abdullah knows that crowd capacity of the Temple Mount for Moslem prayer was dramatically increased under Israeli rule with the huge expanded underground Marawani Mosque in Solomon's Stables.
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"