Listening to the news about President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and plans to move the US Embassy, you would think he just authorized the use of nuclear warheads against Palestine.
Hamas, the (terrorist) leaders of the Gaza Strip, claims it was an act of “flagrant aggression against the Palestinian people ,” and opens “the gates of hell on US interests in the region .” Their leader, Ismail Haniyeh, is quoted as saying Trump’s declaration was, “war on our sanctuaries .” As a result, they have called for three days of rage (i.e. violent insurrection).
Haniyeh also claimed Trump’s decision “will not change the facts of history and geography .” Indeed, but I digress.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas claims Trump’s move disqualifies the US as a mediator of peace, effectively ending any peace talks in the region.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Trump of throwing the Middle East into a “ring of fire” and called for an emergency meeting of the 57-member-state Organization of Islamic Cooperation, planned for next week.
The Arab League, comprised of Middle Eastern and North African states, will meet on Saturday.
Why? Because someone in a position of leadership had the temerity to reconcile ancient history with the realities of today?
When Israel was a united kingdom in biblical times, Jerusalem was the capital. Even after the kingdom divided, Jerusalem was always the spiritual center, much like Mecca is for Muslims today.
Mecca, not Jerusalem.
Jerusalem only holds significance to Muslims based on lies.
I know that’s a bold claim, but I detail the truth of that claim in my (452 page) book, Israel in the Middle.
Israel is almost always portrayed as oppressive and aggressive in media and political circles today, in part due to claims of aggression dating back to the conquests of Moses and Joshua as they wrested land from the Canaanites.
Muslims, however, are almost always portrayed as peace-loving victims, especially of Israeli aggression.
An honest comparison of the Islamic conquests and its bloodletting dwarfs any Israeli aggression by orders of magnitude.
Israel is a very small sliver or territory compared to the list of nations conquered by Islamic aggression: The Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait), Northern Africa (Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Djibouti, and parts of Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia), Europe (Spain, Portugal, the Mediterranean islands of Italy and France, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Hungary, Moldova, and parts of Slovakia and Ukraine), and Asia (Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of Russia, Kazakhstan, China, and India).
Today, their aggression continues in the form of terrorist activity across the globe.
More than that, Islam has no legitimate ties to Jerusalem. Throughout its many caliphates, Jerusalem was never a capital city, yet the following were: Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia; Kufa, Baghdad, and Samara in Iraq; Damascus and Raqqa in Syria; Cairo, Egypt; and Harran, Sogut, Bursa, Edirne, and Istanbul/Constantinople in Turkey.
Muslim claims to Jerusalem are connected to Muhammad's night journey and ascent to heaven.
Despite contemporary claims of Islamic scholars, however, Muhammad’s night journey could not have taken him to al-Aqsa (the farthest) mosque in Jerusalem, because al-Aqsa was built 70 years after Muhammad died by Caliph al-Walid.
Muslim claims on Jerusalem are nothing more than a cleverly contrived convenience based on the concepts of Waqf, Dar al-Islam (The House of Islam) and Dar al-Harb (The House of War). In short, any territory controlled by Muslims (past or present) is considered Dar al-Islam, while anything outside of Muslim control is considered Dar al-Harb, and needs to be conquered.
Regarding Muslim sentiment concerning Israel, Jerusalem, or any Muslim-conquered territory, all we need to do is read the 1988 Hamas charter:
“The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Moslem generations until Judgement Day. This being so, who could claim to have the right to represent Moslem generations till Judgement Day?
“This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the Moslems have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the Moslems consecrated these lands to Moslem generations till the Day of Judgement.”