by Ami Isseroff
We Jews are no doubt a very clever people. Just ask any Jew and he or she will tell you about our Nobel prize winners, about Maimonides, about Baruch d'Espinoza, about Albert Einstein and many others. Any Anti-Semite will also tell you how clever and shrewd we Jews are. So it is not surprising that one of the tribe has come up with an earthshaking proposal that will make the
Melman's proposal is that
Melman's reasoning is that Israel and the Palestinians are the only two peoples who claim a city as capital for "religious reasons." That is why Melman thinks we claim
Very well then. For the sake of peace, relying on the word of an expert, we shall relinquish Jerusalem as our capital, as per the Melman plan. We can adopt, for example, Tel-Aviv or Herzliya Pituach as our capital. These are fine examples of forward - looking Zionist industry, a pleasant contrast to the backward and filthy
There are people who will tell you that Yossi Melman has forgotten more about the
Yossi Melman does does not understand that if we give up Jerusalem as our capital "temporarily" we shall not return there for a millennium most likely, but Mahmoud Abbas and Abbas Zaki can teach him. Zaki, the PLO ambassador to
LET ME TELL YOU, WHEN THE IDEOLOGY OF ISRAEL COLLAPSES, AND WE TAKE, AT LEAST, JERUSALEM, THE ISRAELI IDEOLOGY WILL COLLAPSE IN ITS ENTIRETY, AND WE WILL BEGIN TO PROGRESS WITH OUR OWN IDEOLOGY, ALLAH WILLING, AND DRIVE THEM OUT OF ALL OF PALESTINE."
To underline the point, he expanded his thesis in 2009:
"WITH THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION, IN MY OPINION,
Yossi Melman and the editors of Ha'aretz will be very surprised to find out that after we give up Jerusalem and make, for example, Herzliya Pituach our capital, in order to avoid strife, the Palestinians will prove that a Palestinianstatewit
The lands of Tel-Aviv and Yaffo ("
As for Herzliya Pituach, it is the location of the famed Sidna Ali Mosque, and used to the the location of the village of Al Haram, which any Palestinian Arab patriot will no doubt inform you was a bustling and prosperous metropolis before the wicked Zionists depopulated it. Yossi Melman would certainly advise us not to make a capital there. In short, there is no place in Israel that could be made the capital city of a Jewish state without arousing the ire of the Palestinians and of the Swedish government, and bringing down on our heads all the imprecations due to those who violate "international legitimacy" as interpreted by the Mufti of Jerusalem.
The next logical and inevitable step for any persecuted people needing asylum is to seek a new home, It would be a temporary home of course, until all the bad feelings quiet down, a Nachtasyl as it is called in German - a night refuge. After all, the Jews, as Yossi Melman and Ha'aretz will remind us, are the only people who attach a religious significance to their homeland. We could just as well (or better) live in
Territorial Zionism, the search for a territory outside the
It is a great plan, but nationalism is not logical. Aside from the Jews and almost everyone else, nobody would object. The Jews would not move to a new land, and defend their right to that land, were it not the ancient land of our forefathers. And were it not the ancient land of our forefathers, there would be no right for the Jews to defend -- no right that anyone would recognize. Alas for the Jews! We awakened too late from our national slumbers. Had we gone searching for a home a few hundred years earlier, we might have discovered
Yossi Melman is quite right that the earthly
However, for the rest of the world, including the Jews of the Diaspora, our non-Jewish friends, and our non-Jewish opponents, Jerusalem has a different significance. They do not think in terms of the earthly Jerusalem. They think in terms of a heavenly, theoretical Jerusalem, the idea of
Beginning in the nineteenth century, ancient peoples reconstituted their polities and placed their capitals in the cities that symbolized their national aspirations. The Greeks no longer worship Zeus, and the Italians no longer give homage to Jupiter Stator. Their choices of capitals were not based on religious considerations. Can we imagine
You do not have to be a learned expert to know that Jerusalem is to the Jewish people at least what Rome is to the Italians and what Athens is the Greeks. If earthly Jerusalem is a disgrace to
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