by David M. Weinberg
The upshot of last week's Obama-Netanyahu confrontation is that the White House wants to move
However, the widely held presumption that splitting
The main reason for this is that any section of the city handed over to Arab rule will immediately become ground zero for the fierce war being waged within the Arab world over Islamic lifestyle, ideology and legitimacy.
Just who is going to rule in Arab eastern
EACH OF these forces will seek to prove its supremacy and bolster its legitimacy in the Islamic world through control of Arab Jerusalem and aggression against what remains of Jewish Jerusalem. What better way to prove one's loyalty to the Islamic cause than to attack the rump Israeli presence in the city? And with bases of operations to work from in the eastern half of the city (whose neighborhoods will no longer be under Israeli security control) – locations that are bare meters away from Israeli homes and government and commercial centers – such terrorism will be oh, so very easy, so irresistibly tantalizing.
Thus, if the city is irresponsibly butchered into halves, it will inevitably die a slow death. What Israeli family is going to walk with its kids to the Western Wall on Friday night through checkpoints and alleyways patrolled by Palestinian police? What Birthright group is going to shop in the Mamilla pedestrian mall below Jaffa Gate with Palestinian or Arab League sharpshooters on the
What American church group is going to march along the Stations of the Cross in
The world needs to be reminded directly: It is only complete Israeli security control over united, greater
There is also absolutely no empirical basis to believe that Arab rulers of
JEWISH SYNAGOGUES and holy sites in
Here's the truth: It can't. Neither the purported Arab rulers of eastern
And while we're at it, here is another non-politically correct truth that needs to be articulated:
The Arabs and Palestinians, however, don't really care about
We need "to tell the truth when it is needed," as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condescendingly said in her recent AIPAC speech. Well, the truth is that
Even the Arabs of Jerusalem agree. Any Palestinian will tell you (privately, of course) that, in the broader scale of things, he prefers to live in an Israeli-controlled
That's why very few Jerusalem Arabs have ever participated in terrorist activities. That's why any and every Palestinian who can has been desperately scurrying over to the Israeli side of the security fence in and around
Thus, the sundering of
Has the Obama administration even bothered to think this through?
David M. Weinberg is director of public affairs at
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