When Israel wanted to do restoration of the the tomb of the Patriarchs, Obama called the move «provocative and unhelpful».
These are the words of David Parssons. He is the media director of The International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem.
He was astonished to see that the Christian establishment could care less. Because if they do, it is to placate Muslim bigotry. This is the viewpoints of director Parsons:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has included the Cave of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) on the government’s new list of 150 «heritage sites» in the Land that it plans to promote and preserve for posterity.
The Palestinians, backed by the Arab/Islamic bloc, have threatened a «religious war» over this simple, benign gesture. The international community has followed with knee-jerk condemnations of the Israeli move, with the Obama administration robotically calling it «provocative and unhelpful».
The Jewish connection to this place is immemorial. The Bible records that this burial cave in Hebron was the first plot of land purchased by Abraham in the land promised to him by God. A millennia-long Jewish tradition holds that he rests there along with Isaac, Jacob, and the biblical matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca and Leah. It is the second holiest site in Judaism, after the Temple Mount. It should go without saying that Christians ought to honor the place as well.
Netanyahu has further assured that no real change will be made in the status quo at the site. Funds are being earmarked to renovate both the synagogue and the Ibrahimi mosque which share this revered site, as well as to install restrooms and build a roof over an outdoor prayer area.
There is nothing objectionable in this decision and everything right with it – except for those who want to erase the Jewish connection to the land.
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