by Michael D. Evans
Why does the U.S. government not recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital when, in fact, it has been the capital of Israel for
3,300 years...?   The 104th Congress passed public law 104-45 -- the Jerusalem Embassy Act -- in 1995.  This document
officially recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  Public Law 104-45 also allocates $25 million to move the U.S. Embassy
to Jerusalem.

Why has this been postponed by a presidential waiver every six months since it was passed in Congress?  The premise is that
implementing the move of the embassy to Jerusalem, and recognizing one of the oldest capitals in the world, would cause a
national security threat in the United States..

In 1988, I confronted Yasser Arafat at the 43rd General Assembly in Geneva concerning the fact that Jerusalem was the capital
of Israel.  In an uncontrollable rage, Arafat began to scream,
"Shut up!  Shut up!"  Arafat refused to sign documents at Camp
David that would have met the vast majority of his demands ... Why?  He would have had to recognize Israel's right to exist...
Arab bigots do not want the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.  In doing so, it would constitute recognizing
Israel's right to exist.  These same bigots attacked Spain in an attempt to use terrorism as a weapon to force the Spanish government to pull out of the coalition in Iraq, and accept a doctrine of appeasement.  It appears to have worked in Spain ...

On September 5, 1972, the entire world was shocked when one of the most despicable terrorism attacks in history took place
at the Munich Olympics.  Arab terrorists ... took hostage and then murdered 11 Israeli athletes in an attempt to blackmail the
Israeli government into releasing 200 Arab prisoners.  The ... terrorists who mounted the attack were, in fact, members of a PLO
faction, Black September.  Their murderous actions were approved, financed and celebrated by Yasser Arafat.

[T]he official website of the Athens 2004 Olympic games on February 29, 2004, under
"Palestine" stated that the capital was
Jerusalem.  How in the world can a country that doesn't exist have a capital?  After receiving a great number of complaints, the
website was changed to read,
"The State of Israel is part of the continent of Europe." ...

The Egyptian-born Arafat has never stated in any document that he wanted West Jerusalem -- it was always East Jerusalem
(al-Quds).  On the other hand, he has frequently said that the Palestinian flag would fly over all the churches and mosques of
Jerusalem -- referring to the entire city.  In fact, the city of Jerusalem has never been the capital of an Arab state in the 1,400
years since the Quran was written, and is not directly mentioned in the Quran.

I am outraged that the Olympic committee recognized the capital of Cuba (Havana), the capital of North Korea (Psongyang),
and the capital of Iran (Tehran), but refuses to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of our closest ally in the Middle East.

... The second week of June, the Jerusalem Embassy Act will again be presented to [President] Bush.  He has a choice either to
sign a national security waiver, or allow it to be enacted into law.  It is time for him to stand up to Arab bigots, and refuse to
sign another waiver on the Jerusalem Embassy Act ...

Each time the national security waiver is signed, we are saying to terrorists and bigots,
"You win." America needs the blessings
of G-D more than favor with Arab bigots.  Mr. Bush needs to send a signal to all the would-be Osamas that the party is over.
No longer will America allow terrorists to threaten our nation into choosing political expediency over moral clarity.

If Rudolph Giuliani had the courage to say ,
"No, thank you," to an Arab sheik that wanted to create linkage between 9-11
and Israel, President Bush needs to have moral clarity to do the same ....

(Michael D. Evans is the chairman of the board of the Corrie ten Boom Foundation in Holland.)
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