June 19, 2019

How to Truly Show Love for Jerusalem

“Jerusalem Day on Sunday was glorious, an overflowing celebration of the modern-day miracle that took place on the second day of the Six Day War.

On that Tuesday 52 years ago, Jerusalem was liberated. The barbed wire that had cut through downtown east of the post office on Jaffa Road was removed, the Temple Mount and Western Wall were in our hands and Jews were able to walk around the whole city for the first time under Jewish sovereignty in 1,900 years.

Into that heady summer of ’67 fell a cold reality on the ground. We were now a city comprised of two unequal parts – east and west – ruled not by a Jordanian monarchy, the British Mandate or Ottoman Empire but by a democracy, the State of Israel.

“We still talk about east Jerusalem and west Jerusalem as if we were talking about two different cities – but this is not the case,” said President Reuven Rivlin at the state ceremony on Sunday. “There is only one city, one Jerusalem. There is the west and there is the east, but Jerusalem is one, one and the same.”

One and the same? If only that were true.”

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