Lupolianski blasts envoys for Jerusalem Day boycott

May. 13, 2007 14:34 Updated May. 13, 2007 17:36

Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski on Sunday blasted foreign governments for planning to boycott events marking the 40th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.”

Anyone who doesn’t recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel does not recognize the state of Israel,” Lupolianski said in a statement.

He added that Israel needed to send out an unequivocal message to the world, and not capitulate on this issue.”Israel is the only country in the world that allows other countries to boycott its capital and not [locate] their embassies in the city,” he added.

The unusually harsh remarks from the haredi mayor comes after US and EU ambassadors declined to attend a VIP event at the Knesset marking the 40th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.

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Sources close to US Ambassador Richard Jones said Sunday that Jones would not be participating in Monday’s Jerusalem Day ceremony at the Knesset. It was not yet clear whether his decision to absent himself, which followed a similar decision by the EU, was politically motivated.

In an address in Jerusalem last year, former US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk said that no US president would move the US Embassy to Jerusalem except as part of a final peace agreement with the Palestinians, and, repeat preelection pledges notwithstanding, it was unrealistic to expect such a move.

He said the US Embassy could be moved to Jerusalem if the Palestinians declare a provisional capital in the east Jerusalem areas that Israel cedes.Kadima MK Yoel Hasson criticized the EU’s decision, announced earlier Sunday morning, to boycott the special ceremony marking 40 years since the capital’s unification, laying primary responsibility for the move on Germany.

Germany’s ambassador in Israel, Dr. Harald Kindermann, speaking for all EU countries, rejected Israel’s invitation to participate in the event due to the conflict over east Jerusalem’s position as part of Israel’s capital.

Hasson told Israel Radio that Kindermann’s rejection was “chutzpa,” and added that if the ambassador could not honor the united capital of the Jewish nation, he could return to Berlin.

Hasson said that he had written a letter to the ambassador to express his feelings.Earlier, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Yaacov Edri told Army Radio he was surprised that Germany was the one urging other the countries not to participate.

He said that the EU countries had no obligation to come, but expressed hope that at least some of the countries would make an effort to send representatives to the Knesset ceremony.

Dr. Kindermann’s decision is absolutely NO “chutzpah” but a realistic evaluation! EU and US ambassadors certainly do NOT depend on Germany’s representative to decide for them!
Here I am adding the link for an article which speaks a very clear language .. “More than half of Jews willing to divide Jerusalem” … 58% to be precise!

Personally I have a slightly different opinion:
Jerusalem has a very special, a unique status and NOBODY should be able to claim her to be theirs! It should be ONE CITY but the capital of TWO COUNTRIES – Israel and Palestine! If people would refrain from fanaticism, no wall, non division on the ground would be needed!

ALL places of worship should be readily accesible to EVERYONE … Jerusalem doesn’t BELONG to Israel even though Israel is busy on daily basis to grab more and more of her … as center of the three monotheistic religions it “belongs” to the WORLD.


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