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{MY LIFE} Reflection on Jerusalem Day | International Photojournalist

Many of you that I have traveled to Israel a lot, and many find that baffling when they find out I have no ties of family or ethnicity there. Many are further baffled when they realize that my husband and I have devoted our family’s life work to being there, supporting the Land to prosper, and raising awareness of the current situation for people back home. {{{MORE INFO ON OUR WEBSITE: WWW.MEYERSGOSEEK.COM}}}

SO WHY DO I GO?

I go because I realize that Israel is at the center of the world in many respects (just watch the news), not only because of my very deep and passionate personal religious beliefs which are firmly rooted in the eternal truths of the Bible, but because I believe in living each day with purpose and passion and in serving others, regardless of their backgrounds/upbringing/ethnicity, and Israel is very much in the forefront of this on a global scale.

THE HEATED DEBATE

There has been lots of talk concerning the “67” borders lately, and often find many people who have very passionate opinions about it, regardless of their knowledge of what those borders actually are and how they got there. Further, today is JERUSALEM DAY in Israel, celebrated every year commemorating the re-unification of Jerusalem, another topic with much current debate.

OPINION ASIDE

Putting aside all opinions and passions, I wished to merely state some simple historic facts so that you may be able to decide your own opinions and do more research if you so desire. I had no idea I was going to do this post til just now, when I spurred on to do some spontaneous research of my own. I’m simply sharing my findings.

SOME BACKGROUND

– In 1947 the UN Partition Plan proposed the establishment of two states in the Land, a Jewish State and an Arab State, having JERUSALEM as an international city, neither exclusively Jewish or Arab. The Jewish leadership accepted the plan but the Arabs turned it down.

– By declaring it’s independence and right to exist in 1948, Israel was attacked by masses of it’s Arab neighbors, results to include Jordan seizing control of East Jerusalem and the Old City.

– Prior to the Jordan take-over, all peoples were allowed all through Jerusalem. Upon it’s occupation, Jordan had all the Jewish residents forced out, had of the city’s 58 synagogues ransacked and many demolished, and desecrated the thousands of Jewish graves on the Mount of Olives, using the headstones for paving and building materials. Jews were forbidden from their holiest sites. This was the State of Affairs for nearly 20 years.

– Then there comes the “6 Day War” in 1967. Before the start of the war, Israel sent a message to King Hussein of Jordan saying that Israel would not attack Jerusalem or the West Bank as long as the Jordanian front remained quiet.  Jordan began shelling civilian locations in Israel to which Israel responded on June 6 by opening the eastern front.

– Despite being outnumbered in forces 3 to 1 in armed forces and being surrounded by enemies on the North, East and West, Israel re-united Jerusalem the following day, June 7, 1967.

– Later that day Israel’s Defense Minister stated the following ::::: “This morning, the Israel Defense Forces liberated Jerusalem. We have united Jerusalem, the divided capital of Israel. We have returned to the holiest of our holy places, never to part from it again. To our Arab neighbors we extend, also at this hour—and with added emphasis at this hour—our hand in peace. And to our Christian and Muslim fellow citizens, we solemnly promise full religious freedom and rights. We did not come to Jerusalem for the sake of other peoples’ holy places, and not to interfere with the adherents of other faiths, but in order to safeguard its entirety, and to live there together with others, in unity”

– Israel willingly gave back a large portion of the land it gained in the 67 war (to include the ENTIRE SINAI PENINSULA) in seeking peace.

– With an enemy numbering in the millions, Israel sought to establish defensible borders for the peace and security of all in the Land {{{{TO SEE AN AWESOME SHORT INTERACTIVE 5 MIN VIDEO ON WHAT THESE BASIC DEFENSIBLE BORDERS ARE CLICK HERE – it’s worth the 5 minutes!}}}

– Throughout it’s history, Jerusalem has only be protected and open underneath Jewish rule {{{ To see a very well done interactive video on the 4000 YEARS OF JERUSALEM”S HISTORY IN 5 MIN CLICK HERE}}}}

MY SUMMATION

So, there are some facts, I would love to engage in dialogue on the subject as I’m always seeking to learn more.

As I reflect on the Jerusalem Day happenings, my concerns on the current debates are briefly bulleted as follows:

– Do we WANT to return to a closed Jerusalem as the case was pre 67?

– If Jerusalem was still closed, I wouldn’t have been able to take the photos in this post. (As an artist I love the Old City and the Mount of Olives, and I would truly mourn not being able to go there)

– Will I feel safe taking my family (to include my 2 baby boys) to the Land if Israel is shrunk back down to borders that were “indefensible”?

– If I was purely a humanitarian with no Bible belief whatsoever, wouldn’t I want to protect the ONLY BEACON OF LIGHT in the Middle East when it comes to religious freedom and human rights?????

– Do I really realize that the current land of Israel is the SAME SIZE as New Jersey?? {{{{SEE COMPARISON MAP OF NJ HERE}}}

– With Israel having millions of Arab enemies,{{{SEE COMPARISON MAP HERE- and this doesn’t even include Iran}}} who openly state that they want their complete annihilation {Hamas’s PM made a recent statement that they will continue to refuse to recognize Israel and “pray for the end of Israel” :::While Iran’s President continues to call Israel a “cancerous tumor” that should be “wiped from the map”}, how does Israel continue to not only exist but THRIVE and contribute globally ecomonically/medically/scientifically/etc  more than any other nation?

– If we went back to “pre 67 borders” Jews and Christians would lose access to Judea and Samaria, the Heartland of the Bible and its HOLIEST PLACES and this ENTIRE SCRIPTURE BOOK PROJECT would have been impossible.

– Worth Pondering: If we disarm Hamas and other world-recognized terrorist organizations (the ones Israel is to hand land over to) we would have peace. If we disarm Israel, we will have no peace and no Israel.

– People say the holocaust will never happen again, but yet their are world leaders that are far more vocal about their desire to rid the world of Jews than Hitler ever was. And we wonder why the world didn’t ‘stop’ Hitler then. {{{And we have groups like COLDPLAY ENDORSING THE HAMAS/PLO AGENDA to promote propaganda (music video with cartoon animation of Israelis pushing down mothers with babies and bombing children)}}}

– Will “LAND FOR PEACE” ever work considering the British Mandate gave the Jews a large land plot in 1920 {SEE MAP HERE} and later Israel agreed to just keep just 13% of that Land in exchange for Statehood in 1948???? {{{SEE DOWNSIZED MAP HERE – ISRAEL IS THE ORANGE AREAS, completely divided by the Arab State}}}

– Do the Jews in southern Israel who have had 5,000 qassam rockets fired at them almost daily from 2001-2010 feel safer after Israel pulled out of Gaza? {{{{I went to these places (when I was pregnant with Asher) like Sderot to see the bomb shelters on playgrounds where people dont live on the 2nd floor because they cant get to shelter in 15 seconds}}}}

– To those of us that hold the Bible as true and as model for our daily walk, how much are we REALLY willing to believe it. (Enough to act on?)

So those are my simple ponderings today. Let me know what you think.

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The Western Wall in the Old City

The Eastern Gate Taken from the Mount of Olives:

The Old City taken from the Mount of Olives:

 

 

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Maiden Princess - June 2, 2011 - 2:50 am

Wow! Great article. Very encouraging! Thank you for digging and posting.

With Love in Yeshua the Messiah,
Maiden Princess