31 March '11
The question is why?
And it is posed in response to a statement made on behalf of the secretary-general of the UN this week:
"A way must be found for Jerusalem to emerge as a capital of two states."
It is, of course, important to keep in mind that Ban Ki-moon represents one of the most morally deficient of international agencies, an agency that is blatantly and unabashedly anti-Israel.
And yet... and yet... there is a perversity to Ban's logic - or absence thereof - that is greatly troubling.
Every single resolution of the UN Security Council pertinent to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has said that the issues must be resolved via negotiations between the parties. And here comes the head of the UN, with a statement that directly undermines that principle: He is prepared to state before the fact of final negotiations what the outcome "must" be.
And why "must" it be? Apparently because he sees the formation of a Palestinian state as a "moral" imperative, and the Palestinian Arabs have said they will not accept any state that does not have Jerusalem as its capital. (Please note, even though the pretense is that they want to divide Jerusalem and are seeking only eastern Jerusalem as their capital, in most instances they call for Jerusalem to be their capital.)
That's it, then? The Arabs say they want Jerusalem, and so the Jews must give it to them, or the eastern portion at any rate.
In insisting that this must be the case, Ban is ignoring a host of factors, including historical context and the several rights of the Jewish people.
When the Palestinian Arabs demand "East" Jerusalem, they are actually referring to the portion of Jerusalem that is beyond what is known as the Green Line. "East" Jerusalem runs east, north and south of "West" Jerusalem.
The suggested apportionment of the city predicated on this "East-West" division perpetuates a myth: the ubiquitously promulgated fiction that there was something sacrosanct about the Green Line.
In point of fact, however, it was nothing more than a temporary armistice line-a ceasefire line, agreed upon by Israel and Jordan as part of the armistice agreement signed in 1949 at the end of the War of Independence. This was the war initiated by the Arab League immediately following Israel's establishment, in an attempt to destroy the new state.
The armistice agreement itself specified that the armistice line would not prejudice future negotiations on a permanent border. And yet, a good portion of the world today believes that this Green Line was once the "true" eastern border of Israel.