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The threefold impact of Jerusalem

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Submitted by Harrak (Canada), Jun 14, 2006 at 21:13

I have to disagree with you Dr in some elements here. Saying that if the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital will send a signal to the Palestinians regarding the depth and strenght of the US support to Israel, is not true. Palestinians know from the US vetos that kind of relationship. Adding more spices to that strong relationship will only justify a wave of attacks and will generate more pan-Islamic and Christian Orthodox support for the Palestinians.

Because in the conflicts there is something called the UN involvment and 1976 borders and so on, the emotional character of the city has a threefold impact. Not only Jerusalem being emotionally important to the Muslims and therefore Israelizing it will turn down the psychology of Muslims. But as the UN already gave eastern Jerusalem to the Palestinians who are composed of two elements. The Christian and the Muslim element. Israel failed to accomodate the Christian element over the years. That has played in favour of the Palestinians. Based on that, Palestinians got supported by the Orthodox church (big influence in Russia). The Valican in a very limited fashion...

I personally seem to believe that Eastern church sees in Muslims as being the guardians of the Christian legacy in Palestine-Israel..A big role has been played by Iran to stress that point especially through their diplomates in Armenia. Orelse, how can Iran support Christian Armenia in its conflict with Muslim Shiite Azarbidjan (Nagorno-Karagakh) !! that is called long run vested interest. No wonder Russia received Hamas reps and Russia unconditionally supports Iran and Syria...

Jerusalem is a deep issue..

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