A Divided Jerusalem Will Not Stand -
by Nir Barkat (Wall Street Journal)
- Here in Jerusalem, we stand saddened and appalled by the EU ministers who condemn construction projects that are well within the municipal borders of Jerusalem, while ignoring calls from the leader of Hamas for the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel.
- Isn't it ironic that many in Europe who recently celebrated 25 years of the reunification of Berlin are at the same time calling for the division of another capital on another continent?
- By 2030, the city's population will expand to one million residents from 800,000 today (33% Muslim, 2% Christian and 65% Jewish). Where does the world suggest we put these extra 200,000 residents?
- The expansion of Jerusalem's residential areas is essential for the natural growth of all segments of our population. It enables Jewish and Arab families alike to grow and remain in the city. The capital of a sovereign nation cannot be expected to freeze growth rather than provide housing to families of all faiths eager to make their lives there.
- As for "E-1," this land has always been considered the natural site for the expansion of contiguous neighborhoods of metropolitan Jerusalem. "E-1" strengthens Jerusalem. It does not impede peace in our region.
has been and forever will be the heart and soul of the Jewish people. It is also
the united and undivided capital of the State of Israel.
The writer is the mayor of Jerusalem.
- I note that the Palestinians living in Jerusalem are not being hurt by the E1 decision. Actually, they are being helped. Only the Palestinians who are aching to take away all of Jerusalem from the Jews are complaining. They will have to learn that they should take the opportunity to make peace with Israel when the time is presented, not keep putting it off for 64 years.