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September 1998 
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
U.S. EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM CREEPS FORWARD

MER - Washington - 27 Sept:

While all the political dancing is taking place about another small Israeli "redeployment" -- quite possibly the last as the Bantustan-status of Palestinian "population centers" along with the system of settlements and "by-pass" roads is being solidly established -- other major historic moves are underway.

Already, for some time now, the U.S. has given Jerusalem de facto recognition as Israel's capital. In the past few years a plot of land has been chosen for the new U.S. Jerusalem Embassy and the Congress has allocated funds for its construction. Within a few years, when the moment is politically ripe, the deed is likely to be done.

The following letter was recently written by the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jesse Helms, about this matter to Kaare Kristiansen, Past President of the Norwegian Parliament and now Chairman of an International Committee concerning Jerusalem. It should be taken seriously. And the scenario may go something like this:

* Arafat's "declares" Statehood but in reality little changes for the Palestinians -- they remain on Israeli created, surrounded and divided Reservations despite Arafat's bombast that this is the long-sought "Statehood".

* The Israelis claim this is the end of the Oslo agreement and hunker down for endless future new "negotiations" while settlements continue, especially throughout the crucial Jerusalem area.

* The U.S. Congress, Helms in the lead, mandates construction of the Jerusalem Embassy.

* Arafat's choices are few -- after all he now gets his money, guns and checkpoints from the Americans, the Israelis, and those Europeans still willing to involve themselves in these matters.

* Most of the world sighs -- confused, exhausted, preoccupied with so much else -- thinking that at least the Palestinians have their "State" and there's not much that can be done now about Jerusalem anyway.

* And the Pope prepares, primarily with the Israelis, to come to the Holy Land for the dawn of the new millenium.


Senator Jesse Helms
Senate of the United States
Washington, D.C.

Kaare Kristiansen
International Chairman
"Embassy 3000" Campaign
Oslo, Norway

Dear Mr. Kristiansen,

I will be honored to be designated a signatory to the "Embassy 3000" campaign. The U.S. Congress has many times reaffirmed its view that the united City of Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel. Last year, for the first time, the Congress successfully mandated that the United States Embassy to Israel be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I expect to see a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem up and running by the year 2000.

Israel is the only nation in the world that has been denied the right to choose its own capital. This second class citizenship among nations must end. I look forward to working with you, and with my colleagues in the Congress, to encourage all nations to move their embassies to Jerusalem, and to recognize that Holy City as Israel's rightful capital.

Sincerely,
Jesse Helms


 

 

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