Monday, March 29, 2010
Letter to the Editor - Financial Times
To the editor,
Regarding Tobias Buck's March 26, "Netanyahu pressed to resist US amid anger at treatment" there is one glaring error that requires clarification.
The error "The issue at the heart of this crucial divide is the fate of occupied East Jerusalem." Unfortunately, facts get in the way of reporting. To educate your reporter and the FT editors here are some facts.
In a letter from President George Bush to Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek, (March 20, 1990). "The basis of our position remains that Jerusalem must never again be a divided city."
In 1990, Congress passed a resolution declaring that "Jerusalem is and should remain the capital of the State of Israel".
During the 1992 Presidential campaign, Bill Clinton said: "I recognize Jerusalem as an undivided city, the eternal capital of Israel, and I believe in the principle of moving our embassy to Jerusalem."
Congress overwhelmingly passed Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. This landmark bill declared that, as a statement of official U.S. policy, Jerusalem should be recognized as the undivided, eternal capital of Israel.
Israel's building in their capital city, Jerusalem, is no different than building in the Chinese capital city Beijing, or Russia's Moscow or Sarkozy's Paris.
As Prime Minister Netanyahu stated "The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000 years ago and the Jewish people are building Jerusalem today. Jerusalem is not a settlement. It is our capital."
Jerusalem is not "occupied".
West Bloomfield, MN