Arutz Sheva: Likud MK Nir Barkat, former mayor of Jerusalem, is on a trip to Washington, aiming to correct misconceptions about the Jewish state.
Over the past few days, Barkat worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help pass the US bill resupplying Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
“Over the past two days, I was able to meet senior officials, senators and members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, and I saw how they work together to pass the decision, and in the end they did manage,” Barkat told Arutz Sheva.
One of the central issues Barkat spoke about in his meetings with the US lawmakers was the issue of reopening the Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem.
“In all of the meetings I held, I raised the issue as one of the greatest dangers for us in Israel. I clarified that a consulate near the Jerusalem Embassy would mean dividing our capital city,” he emphasized. “This is unthinkable. I explained here the severity of this issue, the significance of it, and the great momentum that the radicals in our area would receive from such a process, and I hope that on some level I will help thwart this process.” Read More …
Opinion: Jerusalem will be briefly divided again, but it doesn’t happen until near the end of the 7 year tribulation during the war of Armageddon:
“For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;
The city shall be taken,
The houses rifled,
And the women ravished.
Half of the city shall go into captivity,
But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city”
The last phrase “But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city” reinforces a remnant found in Zechariah 12:10:
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
Right there is the perfect setting for a future Yom Kippur, day of atonement, when the Jews hiding in Edom (Habakkuk 3:3; Isaiah 63:1-3) and Jerusalem, acknowledge Jesus Messiah and enter the millennial reign with Him for 1000 years (Rev. 20:1-2).
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” Zechariah 8:23