by: Ilse Posselt
Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Israel calls it HaKotel HaMa’aravi, the most significant and holy site in all of Judaism, the focal point of the Jewish faith for nearly 2,000 years. The Palestinians hail it as their inherited own and vehemently deny the plethora of evidence testifying to Jewish ties. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) agrees with the Palestinians, painting Israel as an occupying power over the holy sites that bear the footsteps and fingerprints of biblical kings, priests and prophets.
Amidst the international controversy, there is no doubt in the mind of the US ambassador to the United Nations to whom the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem belongs. Speaking during a CBN News interview on Tuesday, Nikki Haley said, “I believe the Western Wall is part of Israel.”
Haley’s proclamation comes in the midst of a reported disagreement between Washington and Jerusalem officials as to whether Israel or the Palestinians hold sovereignty over the Western Wall. According to reports, the spat in question occurred over the weekend when an American delegation preparing from President Donald Trump’s visit next week told their Israeli counterparts to leave the most holy site in all of Judaism, claiming, “this isn’t your territory; it’s the West Bank [Judea-Samaria].”
Israel reacted to the incident in a statement saying that it believes the claim to be “at odds with President Trump’s policy.” The White House was indeed quick to distance itself from the declaration, telling The Times of Israel, “The comments about the Western Wall were not authorized communication and they do not represent the position of the United States and certainly not of the president.”
Haley’s remarks confirm this stance. Commenting on the disagreement, she told CBN News, “I’m not real sure what happened with that issue, but I know they’re trying to fix that.”
“I don’t know what the policy of the administration is, but I believe the Western Wall is part of Israel and I think that that is how we’ve always seen it and that’s how we should pursue it,” she held.
Haley also used the interview to take a stand on Trump’s campaign promise of relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, “Obviously I believe that the capital should be Jerusalem and the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem because if you look at all their government it’s in Jerusalem. So much of what goes on is in Jerusalem and I think we have to see that for what it is,” she stated unambiguously.
Haley, who is set to accompany Trump during next week’s one-day visit to the Promised Land, has in recent months earned herself a reputation as a staunch supporter of the Jewish state. Since her appointment as the US’s ambassador to the UN in January 2017, she has made a number of speeches and public declarations regarding the international body’s biased treatment of Israel.
Haley’s interview comes on the heels of a statement made earlier Tuesday by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. “The Western Wall is obviously one of the holiest sites in the Jewish faith. It is clearly in Jerusalem… it’s an issue that has had serious consideration. It’ll be a topic that’s going to be discussed during the president’s trip between parties that he meets with.”
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City is the site where both the First and the Second Temples stood. Jewish thought holds this as the spot where the divine presence of the Almighty is said to manifest more than any other place on earth. According to the Tanakh (Gen.–Mal.) and Writings of the Apostles (NT), this is where Jewish people of generations past have flocked to bring their offerings and worship the God of Israel. Following the destruction of the Second Temple in AD70 all that remained of the Holy Sanctuary was the wall on the western side of the Temple Mount. For more than two millennia, the Western Wall, located at the bottom of the Temple Mount and the sole retaining wall of the Second Temple left intact, has stood as the holiest site in Judaism.
Posted on May 18, 2017
Source: (Bridges for Peace, 18 May, 2017)
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