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PostTrump's Recognition of Jerusalem (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 12/26/17 6:44 am)
I am a great fan of Istvan Simon's posts and I always look forward to reading them.
However, to confirm what our moderator stated some time ago, we very seldom concur and WAISer views can contrast markedly.
For instance the elections in Catalonia in my view were a great success for the independentists, but as José Manuel de Prada explained very clearly, they were a victory like that of Trump: the minority among the voters became a majority in parliament due to a silly electoral law.
Regarding Jerusalem I have a very different understanding; see Istvan's post of 24 December.
Jerusalem could not have been founded 5000 years ago by the Jews, as Abraham (if he really existed) was born around 2000 BCE and Jerusalem was in the hands of the Jebusites until it was conquered by King David around 1000 BCE. By the way, London probably was founded by the Romans, who also founded other British towns, so should the Italians (if this were possible) go there and kill/kick out the British?
Further, the conquest of the "Promised Land" by Moses was a horrible series of genocides.
Unfortunately I do not know the exact number of the population living in Jerusalem 100 years ago but in 1897, according to the statistics of the Ottoman Empire, in Palestine there were 563,000 Muslim and Christians Arab inhabitants but only 21,500 Jews.
The Jewish people started to move in after WWI. By 1936 they comprised 20% of the population. They became a State in 1948 using terrorist tactics. Just see Irgun Zvai Leumi and the Stern gang.
The only justification Netanyahu has is that he is the strongest at this moment, but Pieter Willem Botha also believed he was the strongest in 1978.
JE comments: Given the paramount importance of Jerusalem for three religions, it seems logical that only an "open city" solution can lead to permanent peace. Eugenio, might some of the Italian city-states of yore offer a model?
Londoners: Look out; the Italians are coming! (And we're waiting for the French to repossess Detroit. Bring your winter coats.)