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Jerusalem is the capital of Israel

January 12. 2018 12:21AM

To the Editor: I never fully understood the plight of the Jews in Israel until I heard Ed Koch, the former mayor of New York City, spell it out on a talk radio show. Koch simply said, “Israel is surrounded by millions of people who want to kill them.” Tragically, Jerusalem is once again at the center of political and international debate.

Nobel prize-winning author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel can tell you about Jerusalem and what it means to the Jewish people. Wiesel said, “Jerusalem is above politics. It is mentioned more than six hundred times in Scripture, and not a single time in the Koran. Its presence in Jewish history is overwhelming. There is no more moving prayer in Jewish history than the one expressing our yearning to return to Jerusalem. To many theologians, it IS Jewish history,..It belongs to the Jewish people and is much more than a city....Jerusalem is the heart of our heart, the soul of our soul.”

Let Jerusalem be the capital of Israel. Let Jerusalem be the place where all faiths will be welcome to come and pray in peace.



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