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– Twenty-First Century Crusades?
The Vatican expressing special interest in the
Temple Mount and other holy sites in Jerusalem.
muscling in on Jerusalem
By Stan Goodenough
The Roman Catholic Church says the Jewish state cannot be trusted to
exercise control over the city of Jerusalem – ancient and eternal
capital of the people of Israel.
Since 1947 it [the Vatican] has
sought to have Jerusalem internationalized.
In a statement whose arrogance and contempt he seemingly could not see,
the Vatican’s legal advisor in Israel, David Jaeger, told an
international conference in Haifa Tuesday that Jerusalem was too
important a city to leave in the hands of either “Palestinians” or Jews.
Jaeger’s view was that the status of Jerusalem required the approval of
the international community as a whole.
Ironically the Vatican, which claims to be spiritual home to one billion
of the world’s Christians, rejects the biblical stipulation granting
everlasting possession of ancient Canaan, inclusive of Jerusalem, to the
Since 1947 it has sought to have Jerusalem internationalized, confident
that with Rome’s massive global constituency the pope will be able to
exercise substantial control over the city.
Jaeger is historically on solid ground when he says the Palestinian
Arabs should have no say over Jerusalem. The city has never been an Arab
capital and the “Palestinians” have no historic or national rights to it
(or to any other part of Israel’s biblical homeland).
The Jews, by contrast, have venerated the city as their holiest site for
over 3000 years. Israel is the only nation that has ever had Jerusalem
as its capital. During centuries of exile, Jews everywhere prayed daily
to return to Jerusalem in order to be able to once again worship their
God in this place.
Jerusalem is described in the New Testament as the “City of the great
King,” referring to Jesus of Nazareth who also bears the title King of
the Jews. The book of Revelation, foretelling Jesus’ return to
Jerusalem, calls Him the Lion of the Tribe of Judah – i.e. He remains
In recent history, it has only been while under Jewish administration
that Jerusalem has flourished and that protected access to all of its
holy places (including Christian and Muslim sites) has been guaranteed.
Between 1949 and 1967, when the Arab kingdom of Jordan occupied the
eastern part of the city, the rights of Jews and Christians to visit
their holy places was restricted, sometimes denied. The Jewish Quarter
of the Old City was left to rot, its synagogues sacked and burned.
Despite this, the Vatican believes it should have a say that could deny
the right of the Jewish people to keep their beloved capital in their