Visiting Brussels on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not only defended President Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but pressed all European nations to follow his example.
Netanyahu cited the Bible as proof of the position, saying that the Bible makes it clear Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, saying it was “absurd” of European officials not to accept that position out of hand.
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But not everyone agrees:
To me, Jerusalem is G-d's holy city. And since He is everyone's G-d, Jerusalem is everyone's holy city.
It is only Israel's "capital" if the Zionist state becomes a theocracy and the Shekinah dwells within the rebuilt temple. It is said that the Shekinah was present in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and the First Temple, but not in the Second.
By the way, Netanyahu's argument is essentially the same one used by the Hebrews when they invaded Canaan the first time ... that G-d promised them the land and told them to exterminate its inhabitants. Isn't that what the modern day Israelis are doing all over again in their Balfour Declaration backed invasion of the holy land?
The difference between then and now is that then G-d was physically present with them and led them on their journey and invasion of the holy land. Then, the temple was built in the presence of and at the direction of the living G-d. Now, they want to build a temple which they assume the living G-d will occupy.
That's a BIG difference, and possibly a crucial one.