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Not for her own sake

Reader comment on item: Muslim Zionism

Submitted by Ari Levy (United States), Jun 6, 2006 at 18:58

"Muslim passion for Jerusalem has soared over the past four decades..." Therefore this so- called passion began to soar, not coincidentally, at the time of the Six Day War. Since June of 1967, Israel has had control, albeit imperfectly, over the holy places of the Old City. How is it that the Muslim world cared little for the city, and the Jordanians trashed portions of it, when it was in their hands for the 19 years from 1948 to 1967?

The Muslims have never loved and yearned for Jerusalem for her own sake. It is essential for the validity of their supercessionist theology that it NOT be in Jewish hands. We witness not a competing claim to Jerusalem, but a vicious, long-running campaign, marked by incessant prevarication, to deny any Jewish historical or religous connection and claim to Jerusalem and, indeed, the entire country. (The previous article, linked to above ("an instrumental view of the city"), represents a far deeper analysis of these dynamics than afforded by the present article. For example, the earlier article compares the number of times Zion and Jerusalem are mentioned in the Torah -- 823 times -- vs. the Koran -- zero) To call the Muslim world's mean-spirited covetousness "Muslim Zionism" is to give it respectability and equal status which it not only does not deserve, but which further empowers a dangerous and implacable enemy.


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