18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
According to RT.com Palestinian officials were quoted as saying, “Jerusalem is not for sale, neither for gold nor for silver,” Nabil Abu Rdainah said on Wednesday. He added: “If the United States is keen about peace and about its interests, it must abide by that.” Hanan Ashrawi, a senior executive of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said that Palestinians “will not be blackmailed.”
Depending on your perspective; Jewish, Muslim or Christian each has it’s own opinion and strong claim to the “right” narrative with regard to who gets what in the city of Jerusalem. Although Christians have largely given up any real estate claims beyond what the Orthodox Catholic Church (eastern empire) and Roman Catholic Church (western empire) established for themselves centuries ago. Make no mistake about it, if the undivided Catholic church ever has reason to believe they can enforce a claim by the authority of Peter, they’ll use.
Protestant Christianity is wandering between supporting Roman Catholic influence and throwing themselves behind Israel’s long historical claim to an undivided Jerusalem and Israel. Loosely, the more traditional (translate: older) the denomination the more likely they are to support Roman Catholisim. The younger or least tied to tradition the Protestant denomination is, the more likely they are to go their own way.
The exceptions are those who identify as “Evangelicals”-evangelizers. These Protestants are the most vocal non-Jewish supporters of undivided Israel and Jerusalem on the planet. They are mission driven, willing to exercise their right to address congress on behalf of Israel in person and are largely centrists and Republicans. They have money, collectively.
What of the Palestinian position? Until 1948 there was no nation of Palestine. It was created by the United Nations when they assumed oversight responsibilities from the British. Prior to 1948, the British in the form of the British mandate, had assumed control of the mid-east from the failed Ottoman Empire. The Jordanians took their turn from 1949 throug 1967 when Israeli forced reclaimed the Temple Mount in the Six day war.
So who exactly are the Palestinians? the truth is they are a mix of the Caananite descentents who intermarried with the Hebraic descendents of Abram the gentile. As well as leftover Christians who fled Jerusalem for the hills post 72 a.d. and other mid-east cultures who over the millinia migrated to the coastal area. This amalgamated group settled within the old borders of Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. The staked a claim, raised families and livestock. They learned a little Greek, spoke Aramaic, traded with the Roman Empire and built lives down through the centuries.
Despite what modern day Islam claims, Jerusalem has never held a promenant place in the teachings of Muhammad. It is a convienience which is trotted out every time someone else wants to manage the land. This pattern of affection and neglect has played itself out over the centuries since the 7th century.
Since we are appealing to scripture, why did God uproot Abram from his ancestral home and tell him to go a strange place? What reason could God have for knowingly leading Abram to another cultural group’s homeland and eventually promising the whole of the land to the descendents of Abram?
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