The Dangers of Finding a Biblical Basis for Jerusalem ‘Moves’ – OpEd – Eurasia Review

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By Ben Joseph*

(UCA News) – The dangerous trend of some Western countries moving Israel’s capital to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv calls for an immediate solution to the contentious issue of Palestine as it affects all of humanity.

The trend becomes dangerous as the nations involved are presented as Christian nations, and their movement is shown to be guided by a strange religious dogma, which is attributed to millennial apocalyptic biblical prophecies.

Nations such as the United States and Australia have already moved their embassies to Jerusalem, and the United Kingdom is considering doing the same. It is easy to trace the Christian roots of these nations and their movements could be linked to Christian religious thought, even if geopolitical diplomatic constraints force them to do what they do.

Donald Trump’s US administration moved the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018.

Last month, British Prime Minister Liz Truss hinted at the relocation of her country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem during a meeting with her Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid on September 21.

Although Australia recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital with the United States in 2018, the country’s current government reversed the controversial decision on October 18.

When relocating their embassies to Jerusalem, Republican Trump, a well-known evangelist, felt that it was a prerequisite that Jerusalem be under the control of the Jewish state for the fulfillment of the apocalyptic eschatological themes of the book of Israel. ‘Apocalypse.

Several versions of this so-called theological theory have made their way to the United States and Europe since the 1810s. It received a boost with the growing popularity of evangelical Protestantism in the United States.

As early as 1891, five years before Theodore Herzl’s call for an independent Jewish nation, the US Congress was debating the “restoration of Palestine to the Jews.”

After 1948, this theory turned into a political movement and the first thing it did was to forever change the demographic landscape of Israel and Jerusalem – the holy land of Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Jerusalem has always been a prized possession. For believers and monarchs, no price seems too high to own Jerusalem, which has seen the ancient city captured and retaken at least 20 times by empires, kingdoms, nations and three of the world’s major religions.

To reduce Jerusalem to mere Jewry is simply wrong. Previously, Jerusalem was once under the control of Persians, Hellenists and Romans. Then it underwent Byzantine, Arab, Egyptian, Ottoman and British influence.

Jerusalem was once an all-Christian city, marked by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Greek Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist, and the 6th-century Church of St. Mary, built by Emperor Justinian.

During the long period of Muslim rule over Jerusalem, the ancient city became a Muslim urban city par excellence, occupying the third position after Mecca and Medina in the Islamic world.

From the 1890s to 1918, the Jewish population of Palestine was around 8-9%. The push came in the 1920s to bring the figure up to 20%. When the State of Israel was created in 1948, Jews made up about 30% of the population.

Currently, the Jews constitute 75% of the total population, while the Arabs of Palestine constitute 21%.

Once the demographic landscape of Palestine was successfully undertaken with the tacit support of Western Christian nations and Arab-Islamic countries (with the exception of Iran), then came the strange biblical belief that to facilitate Millennial apocalyptic prophecies, Jerusalem was to be under the control of a Jewish state. .

Trump fell in love with this religious theory when he moved Israel’s capital to Jerusalem despite warnings from his own national security team, including the secretaries of state and defense.

“We moved the capital of Israel to Jerusalem. This is for evangelicals,” Trump said while campaigning in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in August 2020. “You know, it’s amazing with this: Evangelicals are more excited about it than Jews.

The next victim of this strange doctrine will be Truss.

Currently, peace has proven elusive in Jerusalem, as it is the nerve center of the longest conflict in the modern world with many emotional attachments.

The conflict over Jerusalem is rooted in national, territorial, cultural, political and religious factors. However, the current warring factions, Jews and Palestinian Arabs, including Christians, are united in the pursuit of the same thing: land.

At the heart of the conflict in Jerusalem are two self-determination movements – the Jewish Zionist project and the Palestinian nationalist project.

The main approach to resolving the conflict has been the so-called “two-state solution”, but both sides have yet to come to a conclusion on how to make it work in practice, as they claim Jerusalem as their capital.

Since the two-state solution did not yield results, an alternative one-state solution was mooted.

This is possible since the two communities have centuries of experience in sharing the land and living together under Jewish stewardship and “pagan” patronage.

By virtue of this, a unified Israel or a greater Palestine can be worked out if both sides bury their hatchets.

However, attributing a biblical basis to political movements not only denigrates religion, but also further divides communities through hatred and violence, resulting in innocent victims.

*The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official editorial position of UCA News.

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