Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Ryan Jones, israeltoday.co.il
The European Union has released a report that labels the very presence of Jews on the eastern side of Jerusalem as “provocative.” According to the Europeans, the building of Jewish homes in these areas is the single greatest threat to peace in the region.
Titled “Jerusalem Report 2012,” the survey asserts that the construction of homes for Jews on the eastern side of Jerusalem is a “systematic, deliberate and provocative” effort to make it “impossible for Jerusalem to become the capital of two states.”
It should be noted that the report is not referring to small, isolated settlements, but rather to large Jewish neighborhoods like French Hill, Pisgat Zeev and Gilo (for those familiar with the city).
For Israelis, the whole thing is just absurd. That the return of an ancient people to the areas that made up their ancient heartland should pose a threat to peace simply doesn’t make sense. Not to mention the fact that Jews have continuously lived in these areas, and especially in Jerusalem, non-stop for some 3,000 years. What the world doesn’t like is that the Jews now exercise control in this Land.
As Alan Baker, an Israeli expert in international law, told Israel Today, the Jews are an indigenous people in this land. If the international community cannot accept this fact, then there is no basis for even starting peace talks.