Jonathan Ofir November 12, 2018, 2:05 am
You name Jerusalem twice as the capital of Israel – even when you refer to WWI events, snd you put Jerusalem in capitals.
It is appropriate to put Jerusalem in capital letters to remind people that it is de jure and de facto the capital city of the State of Israel.
Since I wrote very clearly in English, my second language after Hebrew but nevertheless a language that I have native fluency in (I was raised primarily in the USA, but in a Hebrew-speaking home), that “there were decisive WW1 battles fought in the territory that i is now part of the sovereign state of Israel, namely Be’ersheva, Megiddo, Haifa (and of course, in and around the Israeli capital, JERUSALEM!)” a person of reasonable intelligence and who possesses basic reading comprehension skills should not infer that I suggested that Be’ersheva, Megiddo, Haifa or Israel’s capital JERUSALEM, was part of the sovereign state of Israel during the period of WW1, during which period these areas were Ottoman-ruled and then British military-occupied.
This appears to be a rather desperate attempt to sugest that Jerusalem is, and always was, Israel’s capital.
You may nonetheless be aware that Jerusalem was not Israel’s capital when it declared statehood (and it would be strange if it was, since Israel used the UN Partition Plan of 1947 to claim legitimacy in its Declaration, where in the Partition Plan Jerusalem was not part of the Jewish State)
The Provisional Government (which by its very nature was “provisional” — i.e., zmanit made no legal declaration of what Israel’s capital was at the time of the Declaration of Independence was promulgated in the Tel Aviv Art Museum on 5 Iyyar, 5708 (May 15, 1948) but Jerusalem became the Modern State of Israel’s capital official capital by declaration of the Knesset on the 22nd of Kislev 5710 (December 13, 1949) , over a year after the Arabs had rejected UNGA Resolution 181, of November 29, 1947, which provided for Jerusalem to be a a corpus separatum, after the eastern half was annexed by Jordan and after the entirety of the Jewish population of the eastern half of Jerusalem was expelled and ethnically cleansed, including all of my father’s relatives who had lived in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City for generations, after it became clear that the November 29, 1947 Partition Plan was dead, null and void, and after it had been rejected by the other side, there was no reason not to declare Jerusalem to be the capital of the State of Israel. And even though the declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was made about a year and a half after the Declaration of Independence of Israel, Israel has never had any other capital but Jerusalem.
<Israel was eventually accepted to the UN on the understanding that it would follow through with relevant resolutions such as 194, which called for a withdrawal from Jerusalem and establishment of international auspices as intended in Partition Plan, as well as return of Palestinian refugees.
Israel never made any binding commitment to implement any of the recommendations of Resolution 194 when it was accepted to the UN. Opponents of Israel’s admission to the UN that it had to be conditional, but this never the case. And it’s not as if the UN has any legal or moral validity in the present anyway.
Now, USA under Trump, has made a unilateral move, in contravention of international law, to recognize Jerusalem formally as Israel’s capital and move the embassy there
There is no “international law” that the current administration has violates, which dictates that it is proscribed from implementing past Congressional resolutions recognizing a sovereign state’s declaration of its capital city, and Israel committed no unlawful act by establishing its capital in Jerusalem.
you seem to be inculcating us with a Zionist righteousness about that ‘eternal capital’ and ‘Eres Israel’ which is devoid of that contention mentioned above
I never made mention of any “eternal capital,” as I don’t believe anything is “eternal”. Our entire species may become extinct due to catastrophic climate change or our planet’s collision with a near earth object in a century’s time, after all. But major natural disasters or the rise of the robots destroying humanity notwithstanding, or on the optimistic side, the demise of all nation-states and national/ethnic identities, including the end of the very recently created Palestinian Arab national identity and the unification of all humankind into one global “nation”, we can expect that Medinat Yisra’el will continue to exist as a Jewish state in Eres Yisrae’l with Jerusalem as its capital for centuries and centuries to come.
By the way, its ERETZ in Hebrew for land, not Eres.
Incorrect. I prefer to use a “ṣ” for “ṣade”, as that is more accurate. However, I am lazy about finding the proper Unicode symbol, so I prefer the “s” to “tz”.
Eres actually means ‘poison’ in Hebrew
The correct word in English for ארס is “venom”.
Posion is “ra’al”.
it would seem you may be drawing your references from Yiddish, which tends to twist some of the hebrew letters (such as the Tzadik into an S)
Adaraba, you’ve got it bassackwards. It’s the influence of Yiddish-Ashkenazi and modern Israeli pronunciation that renders צ/ץ with “tz” or “ts” when it comes to transliteration. The traditional Halabi/Shami and Sefaradi pronunciation of my paternal ancestors uses something more similar to Arabic ص , usually represented by ṣ, with the diacritic, although when I speak Hebrew I speak with the Ashkenazi “tz”. But I like to preserve the distinction when writing, although I’m kinda lazy to bother looking for the ṣ symbol most of the time, so I just write “s”.
But I suppose you knew that already, I mean you couldn’t possibly be stupid as you are…
Well, you have revealed yourself to be ignorant of basic Hebrew pronunciations. Hopefully, you’ve become slightly less ignorant and stupid. You’re welcome!