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Rubin Jerusalem column

The syndicated column (Dec. 13) by Trudy Rubin describing “questions abound on Jerusalem” deserves a response because while questions daily arise, by the media, about Trump’s actions, there is absolutely no question about Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

There are extensive biblical/historical references for Jerusalem as the capital of a Jewish state, and the results of the 1967 war wherein Jordan attacked Israel and lost its control of east Jerusalem are justifications for a sovereign nation to declare its own capital. The Koran never references Jerusalem, the British and UN divided the city, and the Jordanians militarily lost their claim. Furthermore, a mandated Palestinian Arab state in Transjordan was completely rejected by the Arab League in 1948.

The truly most important questions that Rubin needs to ask in her travels to Russia, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Gaza, and Iran are: why don’t you recognize the legitimacy of Israel, when will you renounce terrorism, and where or who is the duly elected leadership of Palestinian Arabs?

Regardless of one’s opinion of this president, he merely stated the obvious; the reactions of critics, some Arabs, and weak European leaders are more disturbing.

Joseph Harari

Spokane



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