Jerusalem - one city, undivided
By Jeff Jacoby, Globe Columnist July 22, 2009
LATE LAST WEEK, the Obama administration demanded that the Israeli government pull the plug on a planned housing development near the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of
Why, then, does the administration want the development killed? Because Sheikh Jarrah is in a largely Arab section of
It is impossible to imagine the opposite scenario: The administration would never demand that
It is not easy for
There was a time not so long ago when
For the next 19 years, eastern
And not only Israelis.
As a presidential candidate, Obama said the same thing. To a 2008 candidate questionnaire that asked about “the likely final status of Jerusalem,’’ Obama replied: “The United States cannot dictate the terms of a final status agreement . . . Jerusalem will remain Israel’s capital, and no one should want or expect it to be re-divided.’’ In a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Council, he repeated the point: “Let me be clear . . .
Palestinian irredentists claim that eastern
The great obstacle to