Rabbi Lazar: the U.S. decision on Jerusalem restores justice

© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Belowaverage photobacteria in the city of JerusalemRabbi Lazar: the U.S. decision on Jerusalem restores justice© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Belowaverage the image Bank

Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar has called «restoration of justice» the call of the President of the United States Donald trump to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, while noting that the ancient city «has always been the Jewish capital.»

On Wednesday, the President of the United States Donald trump announced the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and signed a document about transferring the U.S. Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

«The statement by Donald trump – is the restoration of justice. Almost all the time when in this region there exist state, the main population of which were Jews, Jerusalem was their capital. When these States were not, Jerusalem remained the religious center for all Jews» — the statement said Berl Lazar, widespread his press-service.

Chief Rabbi of Russia reminded that in Jerusalem is the greatest of Judaism’s holiest site — the Western wall, aka wailing Wall, where for centuries Jews came from all over the world. According to Lazar, the decision of the President of the United States is «recognition, although slightly belated, historical realities», as Jerusalem is the capital of Israel «from the very founding of this state.»

«As for the allegations that this decision will provoke large-scale conflict in the region, I will dare to disagree. Not so long ago the Russian foreign Ministry issued a statement that recognized West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. No storms or even scandal this statement has caused. Will not cause now, if it is not artificially inflated,» concluded Lazar.

The U.S. Congress in 1995 passed a law on the transfer of the Embassy in Israel from tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But because of the controversial status of city and sensitivity of this issue for relations with the Arab-Muslim world all American presidents, including trump, every six months, signed the document, delaying the implementation of this decision.

One of the fundamental for a middle East settlement documents, the UN General Assembly resolution No. 181 of 1947, defines Jerusalem as «a separate unit» (corpus separatum) with a special international regime under the control of the United Nations».

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