The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

There is no city in the world as contentious as Jerusalem.  If someone wanted to start a war, or to inflame deadly conflict between peoples, they couldn’t choose a more efficacious thing to politicize.  And, that is precisely what the megalomaniac resident of the White House appears to be doing.  President Trump has announced his intention to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  If you do not understand the significance of this symbolism, please read on.

Jerusalem is a sacred place for the three main Abrahamic religions (i.e. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).  Since the State of Israel was recognized by the United Nations in 1949, foreign embassies were typically located in Tel Aviv as a matter of diplomatic course.  When Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War, Zionist pressures to reclaim the entire city began to intensify.  In…

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