Beth shalom Jerusalem!
My article will start with the fact that I will not divide Jerusalem into pieces, as the political establishment of the world wishes to do.
Despite the fact that many politicians consider Jerusalem to be the capital of the Jewish state of Israel, because of “political correctness,” they divide an eastern, “Palestinian” area from the rest of Jerusalem.
I am proud to say that at all meetings in the Knesset with representatives of the political parties of Israel, as well as in meetings with ordinary people, a small delegation from Georgia (which included me) always said that Jerusalem is the sole and undivided capital of the Jewish state: Israel.
Israeli politicians are well aware that the state is on the brink of war. Enemies surround this outpost of democracy and freedom on all sides.
Almost every day the “Islamic Jihad,” “Hizballah,” “Hamas” and other terrorist organizations attempt to mount an attack inside Israel. Sometimes several times during the day, enemies of Israeli shoot rockets at Israeli towns.
The situation in Israel is like a “calm before the storm” — the “Arab spring storm” that aims to wipe out everything not Islamic in the region. And it is not just rhetoric.
The proof of this is the word of the Arabs with whom I met in Jerusalem. Our hotel was only a few hundred meters from the headquarters of the “Fatah,” near the “Golden Gate” through which Jesus entered Jerusalem, which is now bricked up and a Muslim cemetery built on the spot.
My friends in Israel were surprised when they learned that we were staying in such a volatile area of “‹”‹Jerusalem. Among the Arabs, inspired by the teachings of the Quran and the calls from the minaret near the mosque of Caliph Omar, or Al-Aqsa Mosque, there can at any moment begin the uprising — the Intifada — or they can simply decide to harm tourists.
As I found out, many travel companies of the former Soviet Union book rooms in precisely those areas of Jerusalem where the Arabs live. They do this despite the fact that these hotels and the service they provide is of inferior quality compared to that of the hotels that are located in the Jewish part of Jerusalem.
Arab businessmen are exempt from taxes and, according to the Israelis, many of them generously help the jihadists of all kinds.
We arrived in Jerusalem when the “Fatah” and “Hamas” made their truce. The Arabs were very pleased. They mounted a few parades celebrating this fact.
“At last, Allah heard the prayers and our leaders find common ground. And we will be able to oust the Jews from Jerusalem,” said Mustafa, who speaks very good Russian. “Soon in Egypt our brothers will come to power” — he meant the Muslim Brotherhood — “and the wall built by the Jews in Eilat will not protect them from the wrath of Allah. The Islamic nation is waking up in the world, and we wipe Israel off the map.” Mustafa ended his impassioned speech by quoting Ahmadinejad.
I thought when I heard these words that if Muslims can unite in order to wipe Israel off the map, why can’t we, the people who support the long-suffering Jewish people and their state, do the same?
On the same day in the Knesset, the conference opened. It was attended by Christians from around the world in support of the State of Israel. The Conference was organized by the Knesset members Faina Kirshembaum and David Rotem. Many Christian churches expressed their support for the Jewish people and state, including the Georgian delegation and the former leader of the resistance movement of Georgia, Davit Tarkhan-Mouravi.
And the first thought that occurred to me after I saw and heard the words of the former Prime Minister of Israel, Golda Meir: Peace in the Middle East will come when the Arabs will love their children more than hate the Jews, was this: Until then, every sane person should make a contribution to the cause of world cities — Jerusalem and the Jewish state of Israel.
I wish you peace, Jerusalem! I wish you peace and prosperity…