To divide or not to divide, that is the question



YNet News: “Haim Ramon and the Save Jewish Jerusalem Movement want to remove the surrounding Arab villages and neighborhoods from the capital’s city limits, leaving 200,000 Palestinians out; but the plan provokes criticism both on the right, that says the proposal is dangerous, and the left, that define it as impractical.

The proposed plan: Most of the Palestinian Arab villages that were “annexed to Jerusalem in an erroneous and harmful decision in 1967” will be removed from the capital’s territory and instead be given the same status as the other villages surrounding Jerusalem that are considered part of the West Bank; a security fence will be immediately erected between those Arab villages and the Jewish Jerusalem; the situation in East Jerusalem, the Old City and the Holy Basin, and the Jewish neighborhoods built after the Six-Day War will remain unchanged; thus, some 200,000 Palestinians will be out of the Jerusalem municipality’s area, strengthening the Jewish nature of the city. Jews will then constitute 80 percent of the city’s residents, while the Palestinians will be less than 20 percent. Currently, nearly 40 percent of Jerusalem’s residents are Palestinians.

Opinion: Now that gives new meaning to dividing the land (Joel 3:1-2). There is no city more important than Jerusalem in God’s plan and yet it confounds both Jew and Gentile alike.

The Gentile nations will not consider Jerusalem a part of Israel and have chosen to place their embassy’s in Tel Aviv. Every election cycle in the US some politician will promise to move the US embassy to Jerusalem but it never happens.

The Vatican wants control of the city’s holy sites, while Arabs claim it was where Mohamed’s horse Buraq (interesting pronunciation) carried the Islamic prophet from Mecca to Jerusalem and back during the Isra and Mi’raj or “Night Journey”, as recounted in hadith literature.

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it”  Zechariah 12:3

Two chapters later Zechariah prophesied that the city will be divided one more time:

Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst. 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” Zechariah 14:1-2.

Jerusalem is the city where Jesus Christ won victory over death. It is the city where the armies of the world will gather to do battle:

 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.” (Luke 21:20)

And it is the city to where the Messiah, Jesus Christ, will return as the conclusion of the great war of Armageddon:

“And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives.” (Zechariah 14:4).

There is no city more important than Jerusalem.

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