OU Op-ed: The Heart and Soul of Israel

Posted on April 16, 2010 In Blog

The OU’s director of public policy, Nathan Diament, writes in an op-ed published by POLITICO:

It is not a perfect analogy, but imagine King George III asking America’s founding fathers to surrender Philadelphia in exchange for ending the Revolutionary War. America’s birthplace, including Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, would fly the Union Jack.

That might help you understand why most Israelis — and many American Jews — balk at the current suggestions that Israel surrender large parts of Jerusalem in return for peace with the Palestinians. And this is not just a suggestion; it’s assumed by some administration officials and other advisers. They argue that President Barack Obama needs to put forward his own Israeli-Palestinian “peace plan” — including this trade.

Read the piece in its entirety here.