Jerusalem, D.C.

Priest-WesternWall-Jerusalem1I once attended an event where an Israeli official rose to speak and said he brought greetings from Jerusalem, D.C.—“David’s City.” Everyone recognized the irony and truthfulness of what he said.

However, our U.S. government continues the illogical, politically-correct position of refusing to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. What other country is denied the right to name its own capital? Its laws are made in the Knesset in Jerusalem. Its President and Prime Minister live and serve there, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even went to our Supreme Court to demand it deny that Jerusalem is even part of the State of Israel!

When the Islamic Jordanians illegally occupied Jerusalem (and the West Bank), from 1948 to 1967, it was not their capital. Amman was. And, even earlier, when the Ottoman Empire ruled the area for seven centuries, the Turks never sought to make Jerusalem their capital.

The American Jewish historian Barbara Tuchman has said, “The Israelis are the only people in the world who inhabit the same land, speak the same language, and worship the same God their ancestors did three thousand years ago.”

The Jewish immigrants today have “come home to Israel.” They can visit Jewish archeological sites and find coins printed in Hebrew from as long ago as 135 AD. The Diaspora never drove out the Jews’ longing for Eretz Yisrael—the Land of Israel. For thousands of years they prayed, “Next year in Jerusalem”— denoting David’s City!

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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