'If there's anything that unites, it's Jerusalem'

Martin Oliner, co-president of the Religious Zionists of America, speaks at event celebrating Jerusalem in Washington.

Eliran Aharon,

Congress celebrates Jerusalem
Congress celebrates Jerusalem
Eliran Aharon

Martin Oliner, co-president of the Religious Zionists of America, spoke on Thursday at an event in Washington DC, celebrating the unity of Jerusalem and attended by 29 Senators and Congressmen.

“This event really proves that if there is any issue that unites, it’s Jerusalem,” he said. “It has united forces that tend to have the most natural rifts: Bipartisan leadership on a political level here in Washington, across the political map in Israel, and even representatives of the American Jewish community from across the religious divides.”

Noting that the event was organized by 25 organizations that do not always see eye to eye, Oliner continued, “By coming together to celebrate the unity of Jerusalem, these Jewish organizations are not only marking a miracle, they are also perpetuating one. They are coming together, some of them, perhaps for the first time, to show appreciation to God for returning the Jewish, historic capital to His people, and to thank the great leadership of the United States of America for its tremendous support.”

“Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, said that in Israel, to be a realist, one must believe in miracles. The prophet Micah’s prophesy came true when he said, ‘As in the days of your exodus from the land of Egypt, I will show him wonders.’ He also wrote, ‘Your hand shall be raised above your oppressors, and all your enemies shall be destroyed.’”

“We are thankful to President Trump for showing support for Jerusalem by making it one of the key stops on his first trip abroad as president,” continued Oliner. “But it was scary to see that when his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, was asked twice to comment on whether the Western Wall is within sovereign Israeli territory, he refused to answer, dismissing the matter as a ‘policy decision.’”

“We are not giving up hope that President Trump will keep his promise to enable America’s embassy in Israel to move to where it belongs. Jerusalem is the home of Israel’s government, parliament, and Supreme Court, and no country should be able to tell another where its capital should be,” he stressed.

“Moving the embassy will make the world safer, because it will tell the world that America will honor its commitments to its allies. Countries around the world will see the U.S. reward Israel, its ultimate ally, and know that after eight years when it was unclear, they now must be on America’s side.”

In 1967, before Jerusalem was liberated, “if you were Jewish, you could not enter the Jordanian-occupied Old City,” continued Oliner. “Now it is a haven for Jews, Christians, Muslims, and those who are still trying to figure themselves out. We mark Jerusalem Day due to the miracles that made this situation that was only dreamed of before a reality.”

“It is a city we can all be proud of. And that again is why we are all here today.”