Rumors are circulating that Israeli politicians are trying to do deals on Jerusalem – as in, give away parts of the Old City (Ir Attiqa), in addition to most (if not all) of East Jerusalem.
I would love to say that this is just rumor. No, I don’t have insiders whispering in my ear. I don’t need them, and you wouldn’t either, if you’d spent more than 20 years watching Israeli politicians deal with the issue of Jerusalem.
Believe it or not, but there are quite a few politicians that wish that Motta Gur had never captured the place. If General Gur had just stopped at the city gates and thrown a cordon sanitaire around the walls, they would have been happy.
I understand that.
There was this guy who lived 2500 years agoÂ who said that Jerusalem would be a stone of burden – ehven ma’ahmassa (×Ö¶×‘Ö¶×Ÿ ×žÖ·×¢Ö²×žÖ¸×¡Ö¸×”).Â Jerusalem was going to be this heavy place that you just couldn’t handle, and if you handled it, you were going to drop it on something that you wanted to keep – like, say, toes.
If you had it, there would be people who wanted to take it away from you. If you didn’t have it, you’d want to take it away from whoever hadÂ it. And, if you wanted to use it, you’d better count your appendages afterwards – you’ll be missing some.
Zechariah said that whoever messed with Jerusalem was going to get messedÂ with. And, for the last 2500 years, he’s beenÂ right. So, you can forgive some Israeli politicians when theyÂ say, “We’ve had it. YouÂ can have it.”
The problem is that every time that Israel has wanted to give it away, disaster struck. There was the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Rabin was assassinated in 1995. Ehud Barak sparked offÂ the second intifada in 2000. (And a whole lot more that I can’t be bothered to double verify.) Every timeÂ Israeli politicians have tried to give JerusalemÂ away, something bad happened.Â
So, let’s hope that Olmert puts up a ‘Not For Sale’ sign, or there will be a new sign floating over his government: Under New Management.
And then we’d all sing, “Zechariah was a…”