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“The United Kingdom operates a double standard when it comes to Jerusalem and it disrespects Israel’s sovereignty.” (Photo: Amazon.com)

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Current British Double Standard on Jerusalem

The above are the disturbing backdrop details about “competing” Israeli and Arab claims to Jerusalem. Britain must stop playing both sides of the coin as it so fervently did while being the mandatory ruler of the land of Israel from 1918-to-1947. Either move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the Capital of Israel, Jerusalem, or move the consulate for the PalArabs from Jerusalem to Ramallah, the “capital” of the Palestinian Authority.

Queen Elizabeth has reigned for 70 years. The Platinum Jubilee was celebrated in June 2022 around the world, including in Israel. The disparity between how Israelis and PalArabs were able to mark the occasion must be noted.

Israelis were invited to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in Tel Aviv; the United Kingdom hosted its Jubilee party for PalArabs, where no Israelis were invited, in Israel’s capital Jerusalem. This is an insult to Israel’s sovereignty and British fermentation of rancor between Jews and Arabs.

The United Kingdom refuses to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, having its embassy to Israel in Tel Aviv, the cause for ongoing baseless disparity. At the same time the British consulate to the Palestinian Authority is not placed in Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority’s main city, rather it is in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital. In other words, the United Kingdom operates a double standard when it comes to Jerusalem and it disrespects Israel’s sovereignty.

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British Interpretation of UN Security Council Resolution 242

Britain’s denial of Israel’s legal right to Jerusalem is based on UN Security Council Resolution 242 that makes no mention of Jerusalem. Resolution 242 allows Israel to retain any territory won in the Six-Day War that it deems necessary for it to have “secure [defensible] and recognized boundaries.” Any part of Jerusalem is not spelt out in the resolution, one of the many things that are supposed to be decided in negotiations between the parties, which the Arabs refuse to negotiate in good faith.

Jerusalem houses Temple Mount and the Western Wall, the holiest sites in Judaism to Jews, both of which invigorate Jewish religious and national morale. Undermining Jerusalem is an Insult to the Jewish people.

The British position that Jerusalem’s status is subjected to negotiations, yet, giving its “final determination” that Jerusalem “must” be shared between Israel and the PalArabs, is effectively ignoring the outcome of possible negotiations, which is one more “same old same” ongoing British perfidy.

The best advice for Britain is to stick with the position that the status of Jerusalem should be determined by negotiations between the parties, without its biased input.

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UK Foreign Office Continues to Reward PalArabs’ Intransigence While Penalizing Israel

As mentioned above, the PalArabs refused to acknowledge the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel, including Jerusalem, not recognizing the city as Israel’s capital. At the same time, Britain’s Foreign Office rewards PalArab obstinacy while penalizing Israel about its sovereignty.

The Jewish people’s connection to their capital, Jerusalem, cannot be disputed. The city has never been the capital of any other nation but the Nation of Israel. It is possible that the status of Jerusalem would be determined through negotiation. However, should there be a Palestinian state, no one knows the finalized borders between the two countries. It is also possible that for a future Palestinian state the current British consulate in Jerusalem might be in the wrong place after all. 

And if, according to Britain’s behavior, Jerusalem “must” be shared by the two parties, then why does Britain not move its Embassy to modern “west” Jerusalem and thus recognize some part of the city as Israel’s capital, just as all Israelis do?

Since 1948, Jerusalem has been the capital of the state of Israel, the third Jewish commonwealth. The city is the seat of the government of Israel, including the Prime Minister’s office, the President’s office, the Israel parliament, the Knesset, and the Supreme Court, all located in “west” Jerusalem since Israel gained its independence in 1948.

Britain should not continue to pretend that Tel Aviv, founded in 1909, is Israel’s capital. It is not. Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3000 years, since King David assigned the city as the Capital of his kingdom.

By relocating its embassy from Tel-Aviv to “west” Jerusalem Britain is not committing itself to supporting Israel’s claim to all of Jerusalem but is recognizing Israel’s sovereignty as it should.

The more important issue is the current location of the British “embassy” to the Palestinian Authority (PA), now in Jerusalem. After all, Ramallah is where the PA’s government operates; it is the place where President Mahmoud Abbas has his offices, where the PA parliament meets, where all their government offices are to be found. It makes no sense for British diplomats to constantly travel from Jerusalem to Ramallah each time they need to meet with PA officials. Making the right move is my suggestion to the British Foreign Office.

On July 24, a webinar is being held: 100 Years of Lies, Deceit and Untruth: Reclaiming Israel’s Legal Rights After the Mandate for Palestine. Im Tirzu and Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights are presenting this event and for registration information click here

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