Wednesday, February 12, 2014

USA Broken Promises From Kerry and Obama About Jerusalem

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                
                                                             The Knesset Menorah

Israel announced its building plans of over 500 housing units in the eastern part of Jerusalem to be made available for Jews  because of a housing crisis for them. No doubt they will amount to a few very tall apartment buildings such as one sees all over Israel.  Individual homes are rare in Israel.   Jerusalem is Israel's unified capital.  After all, Jerusalem has been the center of Judaism since King David in (1010-970 BCE) made it his capital.  It is to Jews the eternal capital of Israel.  This city has not only religious significance to Jews but our historical and cultural meanings of the highest degree center in Jerusalem.  The people and the Knesset feel they have a legal and historical right to construct new housing units within the "confines of its capital city."

 They will not forget that they were attacked by all their neighbors in 1967 and won back this city of theirs from Jordan who had taken it illegally in 1948 in the midst of the first war Israel was in.  This was when minutes after the announcement of Israel's creation they were attacked.  In every battle, Israel has won, and has the right to their own capital for they shed blood in that war.

Then we have the US peacemaker, John Kerry, Secretary of State, coming along and criticizing Israel for its announcement of building plans.
                   The Knesset, a single chamber parliament building built in 1949 in Jerusalem with 120 seats.  All citizens 18 years and older have the right to vote.  The permanent building was opened in 1966.  
In 1995, the US law was that a united Jerusalem is recognized as the capital of Israel, and they called for moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. . "The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 is a public law of the United States passed by the 104th Congress on October 23, 1995." It was John Kerry who voted for the Jerusalem Embassy Act when he was a senator.  He even signed a letter urging the President then, Bill Clinton, to comply with the act and move the embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

This change in Kerry was caught by Farley Weiss, President of the National council of Young Israel "NCY."  Weiss pointed out that the State Department is opposing their own USA law.  The group urges Secretary Kerry to be consistent with his record and defend Israel's right to build and to recognize the sovereignty of its capital.

They noted that even  Barack Obama campaigned at at the Democratic Convention before he became president and pledged that his party's platform would support Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.  The position has completely changed now that he is president as shown by this announcement from the State Department.                                                    

 In 2008 at the Democratic convention they decided that  “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.”

In 2012 "This year, however, that language has been removed. Indeed, there is no mention of Jerusalem in th2012 party platform adopted by Democrats.

In 2008, Kerry and Obama and the Democratic Party must have recognized the importance of Jerusalem to the Jewish people of Israel to make this decision.  They knew of the law passed in 1995.  They were saying that they would pass that law.  Why have they made such a turn around and go with the wishes of the Arabs wanting to create a Palestine out of part of land that was to be the Jewish Homeland and wanting Jerusalem to be their capital?  Israel has valid reason.  The Arabs do not.

The NCY calls on the State Department to comply with their promises from Kerry and Obama  that turned into  law about Jerusalem and understand that Israel has the right to decide matters about the city they promised never to forget, their capital, Jerusalem.  In daily prayers, Jews have promised never to forget Jerusalem and to return one day as they have prayed for 2,000 years, "Next Year in Jerusalem."

Clinton, Bush, and Obama claim that the reason they haven't seen this law fulfilled is because "they view it as a Congressional infringement on the executive branch’s constitutional authority over foreign policy.   They have consistently claimed the presidential waiver on national security interests.  Therefore, even though the law was passed in 1995,  the USA presidents since then have continually for 19 years used their waiver privilege against it being put into practice.  Such are nasty politics.  

Resource: Arutz Sheva,, State Dept. Opposes US Law, Kerry's Senate Record.

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