By Tony Pearce.
Capital of Israel? Captial of Palestine? Capital of Israel and Palestine? Divided or undivided?
Donald Trump caused a storm when he declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel and promised to move the US Embassy there. Many in Israel saw it as a recognition that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and should remain undivided and ruled by Israel. This supports the Jewish people’s 3000 year old connection to this city. On the other side, the Palestinians saw it as a denial of their demand for a Palestinian State with its capital inJerusalem. There was a storm of protest across the Arab and Muslim world, and strong messages of disapproval from the UN, EU, Russia, China and the Vatican.
Do you ever wonder why Jerusalem is such an issue on the world scene? What is it about this relatively small city in the Judean hills that rouses such passions?