Donald Trump’s Jerusalem Triumph

Israel US JerusalemIn the second century A.D., Jewish rebels who had stunned the Romans and liberated a portion of Judea overstruck imperial coins with images and a message of their own, “Year One of the Redemption of Jerusalem.”

The Roman emperor Hadrian had planted the seeds for the rebellion with his ambitions to remake Jerusalem, including the planned construction of a temple to Jupiter on the site of the old Jewish Temple.

The leader of the Jewish rebellion, Bar Kokhba, was fired by a vision of a united Israel with Jerusalem as its capital, which had been the exception during the prior millennium, thanks to the depredations of the Assyrians and Babylonians, among others. But such was the power of the national idea — and his messianic zeal — that Bar Kokhba ventured all on regaining it.

And lost. Not for nearly another 2,000 years would the vision come to fruition. At a ceremony in 1982 burying bones of some of those long-ago rebels with military honors, Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin declared: “Israel and Judea are reborn. We have redeemed Jerusalem.”

King David conquered the city in 1000 b.c. and made it the capital of the kingdom of Israel. His son Solomon built the First Temple. “He who has not seen Jerusalem in her splendor has never seen a desirable city in his life,” declares the Babylonian Talmud. “He who has not seen the Temple in its full construction has never seen a glorious building in his life.”

But Jerusalem would repeatedly be captured and the Temple destroyed (first by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar and then by the Roman emperor Titus).

The story of the Jewish people is one of loss, memory, and faithfulness and persistence. Psalm 137, recounting the Babylonian captivity, avers: “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.”

The Jewish people never forgot. In one of the miracles of our age, after long centuries of exile punctuated by genocide at the hands of the Nazis, they reestablished Israel in 1948, and then gained control of all of Jerusalem in 1967 (prior to that, when Jordan held East Jerusalem, Jews couldn’t visit the Western Wall).

The notion that the City of David isn’t the capital of Israel was an impolite fiction, honored by the U.S. and the West for fear of provoking Arabs hostile to the very idea of the Jewish state. Its prime minister, parliament, and highest court are based there, and it’s unimaginable that Israel would ever agree to any peace deal that didn’t recognize it as the capital.

The tired, conventional arguments against it haven’t held up well in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to move our embassy. The Arab street hasn’t exploded. The West Bank has been relatively quiet. Arab capitals haven’t erupted in outrage. The flashpoint has been in Gaza, the terror statelet ruled by Hamas. Israel pulled out of Gaza more than a decade ago and has been rewarded with constant attacks emanating from a territory where the infrastructure of mayhem and destruction — rockets, tunnels, and the like — is the only growth industry.

Hamas has goaded rioters to storm the Israeli border, defended by Israeli soldiers who fire on them if necessary to protect local communities (more than 50 were killed on Monday). This isn’t “the caravan” that arrived at the U.S. border with peaceful migrants seeking asylum, but a violent provocation that is a function of Hamas’s commitment to Israel’s destruction.

For now, that poisonous ambition looks more fantastical than ever. Trump’s move is an acknowledgment of reality. It is also a symbolic statement of permanence, that Menachem Begin was correct when he said at the ceremony for the Bar Kokhba rebels 36 years ago, “Glorious fathers, we are back and we will not budge from here.’’

From - National Review - by Rich Lowry

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Phyllis Poole
2 years ago

we must remember that Jews are not the only ones triumphant here. This was where Christ first lived and where He was crucified! He is God! We must remind the Jews that they must go back to their heritage and relive it to recognize the fact that their heritage includes Christ. They also must pray that God shows them the redeemer that they rejected! They have a dark spot on their history that must be erased. When they acknowledge Christ as their savior they will have then come full circle to reality! AND REJOICE!

Thomas Haj
2 years ago

The overdue relocation of our embassy is merely acknowledging Jerusalem as the 3000yr old capital of Israel. The muslim claim to this city is based upon a single reference (Koranic?) of a visit of Mohammed to an unnamed “northernmost Mosque”. With evidence this clear, I fully predict the democrats will use the latter argument as another rallying point for this year’s election.

Burton Pauly
3 years ago

I believe that Israelis are the chosen people of God, and the rest of the folks in the world are recipients of that same love if they only believe in Jesus Christ. The Potus did the right thing by moving the embassy to Jerusalem. There are too many anti- Semetics all over the world, but especially in Europe, and most Arab nations.

3 years ago

Israel needs to protect themselves and return Gaza to the Israel State. It is part of their heritage and they shouldn’t have to submit to this continued evil barrage of hate and destruction. Is that what Arabs do! Mostly, yes. Are they even civilized? Can’t answer that one.

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