The whole world should recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – simply because it is

Dec 7, 2017 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

There is no greater view in the world than that of Jerusalem from the top of the Mount of Olives. There isn’t a more wonderful picture of world history, of rhythm and harmony, of political breadth and religious magnificence. The Holy City is a labyrinth of streets and alleys surrounded by fortifications and battlements, all bowing toward the Temple at the obstinate heart. It is a rigidity and inflexibility which stood against invaders for a thousand years. Perhaps that same obstinacy was the cause of her destruction and the ejection of Israel from the land of her forefathers. Did Jesus have a premonition?

And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it… (Lk 19:41).

And Jews have been weeping over it for two millennia – its destruction, desolation, and days of vengeance. There came the prophesied distress upon the land and wrath upon its hardhearted people. The Jerusalem which condemned and crucified Jesus was extinguished in a hail of stones and inferno in AD70.

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled (21:24).

Until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled?

The United States of America has decided to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. Or, if you prefer, Donald Trump has decided to honour his campaign pledge to the Zionist Jewish lobby. Whether you agree or not with this decision largely determines which of these reasonings you favour. In a sense, it doesn’t really matter: Israel has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital city, whether or not the rest of the world recognises it. The Muslim world (in so far as it exists) never has and never will, not least because parts of that world do not even recognise the State of Israel. East Jerusalem, as far they are concerned, is the capital of the State of Palestine (in so far as it exists), and so an indivisible Jerusalem is not only a threat to Middle East peace; it is an ontological absurdity.

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Read also: A world of sugared lies by Peter Mullen, All Things Considered

Church leaders criticise President Trump over recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, ACNS



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