The report yesterday (see here and here) that Ehud Olmert brushed off American Jewish (and Christian) religious leaders who urged him to maintain Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel just as it is the eternal capital of the Jewish people is sad, as well as it is insentive. His derision at their concern must have been painful for them and a lesson for them, for we in Israel have suffered similarly from Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Ariel Sharon and now Ehud Olmert. It is the same disdain, the same degradation.
The incident, though, perhaps has another message.
Was the demand that was raised that Israel be recognized as the "Jewish state" last November 11 intended for the Pal. delegation and for the American administration or, possibly, was it something that was needed for our own Prime Minister?
Jerusalem is something else. Jerusalem is not just a city that a sovereign state claims. Jerusalem is a holy city. It has varying degrees of sanctity. All Jews, wherever they are, turn towards Jerusalem to pray. Its unity, its security, its future, where the Third Temple will be erected, is not just an Israeli internal matter.
I do not downplay national sovereignty. But this is not a vote for a political party. This is a concern that affects the Jewish people worldwide and their voice must be heard and taken into account.
After all, Olmert, as mayor of the city, asked Jews to come here to live, asked them to contribute money, asked them to intervene on Jerusalem's behalf. He may be tired, this Olmert, but that is no reason to ignore the Jewish aspect of Israel, the Jewish quotient of Jerusalem, the Jewish element of Zionism.
Maybe its about time world Jewry join us in being tired of Olmert and hastening his departure from the political scene by a coalition defeat and collapse.