Manfred and Anne Lehmann Foundation

Jerusalem- Support & History

A big event is in store for all of us. On Sunday, May 21, from 3-6 p.m., in New York’s Central Park (near 72nd Street) a giant concert will take place that promises to be the event of many a year. Top entertainment -- from Israel and from here -- plus a number of prominent speakers will participate. Last year’s turnout of 25,000 participants will easily be exceeded.

When I was approached to serve as chairman of this great event, I said I would gladly accept and suggested that the motto should be "Jerusalem 3000" in honor of the most important commemoration of our time -- next year’s celebration of 3,0000 years of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. As the prophet Isaiah says: "For the sake of Zion I will not shy away and for the sake of Jerusalem I will not be silent." And so this motto was accepted and is now on everybody’s lips. We demonstrate to a hostile world that Jerusalem has always been and will always remain the Jewish capital, undivided under Jewish sovereignty.

This concert comes at a most crucial time for Jerusalem. Only a week ago the bi-partisan Bill No. 770 was introduced in Congress. Sponsored by Senators Dole, Inouye, D’Amato, Kyl and Helms, and immediately co-sponsored by 25 senators, it was simultaneously introduced in the House by Speaker Newt Gingrich. The Bill is a binding piece of legislation that once and for all fixes in American policy Jerusalem as the Jewish capital and that the United States must break ground for its Embassy in Jerusalem by 1996.

When this Bill was announced at the Christian-Jewish National Unity Conference on May 4 and later at the AIPAC Conference, it was met with such overpowering applause, that those -- like the Rabin government and some AIPAC heads -- had to cancel their immediate plans to oppose the Bill.

Yet the opposition to this historic Bill is not by any means eliminated. Don’t forget that the Pope and the eight bishops who recently spoke their minds are dead set against letting Jerusalem be in Jewish hands. But worse than that, opposition from Jews has now openly and brazenly surfaced, which we must immediately analyze.

`Peace Now’ Real Aim Revealed: Jerusalem to Go to Palestinians

As I correctly predicted last week, The New York Times -- which plays the role of mouthpiece for the PLO and Jewish Arabists -- wrote day after day that the Dole bill is premature, that it may derail the "peace process," that it will embarrass Clinton, etc. Similar arguments were put forward by Reform Judaism. At a meeting called together by the "Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism," to which arch-enemy of Israel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa had been invited, Israel Dresner, a Reform rabbi, told guest speaker Rep. Benjamin Gilman, chairman of the all-powerful House International Relations Committee, whose constituency in Rockland County comprises Monsey, Spring Valley, etc., that only "Jewish extremists" have proposed that there be no U.S. troops on the Golan, that funds to PLO would be withheld until they comply with their commitments and that the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem. All those moves would be destructive moves and are not pro-Israel, which would derail the peace process, he said.

In other words, this typical Reform Peace Now advocate would give all the money that Arafat demands with no questions asked, would keep the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and would put U.S. troops on the Golan! He calls that supporting the "peace process!"

Well, the Dole Bill has unmasked the true intentions of these lackeys of the likes of Rabin, Peres, Beilin, Sarid, and Shulamit Aloni. In an op-ed piece published in the New York Daily News last week, one of the founders of the Peace Now movement confessed openly that the organization’s opposition to the move of the U.S. Embassy is based on its belief that "one must find a solution to Palestinian aspirations for some kind of national entity with Jerusalem being an integral part of that entity." He states that there are "many solutions to this problem." In plain English: Jerusalem must not remain all-Jewish. It must be shared with Palestinians, who wish to make the city the capital of a Palestinian State.

All the other arguments against moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem have been proven to be deceptions. The truth is that these Jews wish to take the word "Zion" out of "Zionism." They have no use for the 2,000-year -old dream of every Jew, as expressed in the Hatikva: "To be a free nation in our Land, the Land of Zion and Jerusalem." But as the opposition makes up a tiny portion of Jewish opinion, why bother with them? The point is that Washington may think they are important. Therefore our actions and loud manifestations for Jerusalem as the eternal, undivided Jewish capital under Jewish sovereignty are more important than ever.

And that is the purpose of the Central Park Jerusalem 3000 Concert. As chairman of the event, but -- also as an ordinary, committed Zion-loving Jew like most of us -- I call on you to come to the concert and show your solidarity with Jerusalem and demonstrate your disdain for detractors, whether in the Vatican or among the leftist extremists in Jerusalem and in the United States.

Bill S.770 a Milestone in American-Israeli Relations

The bill for which Bob Dole in the Senate and Newt Gingrich in the House took the leadership, is a bi-partisan piece of legislation that will be remembered in future history books as a pivotal change in American-Israeli relations. It is unique in that part of its seven pages are devoted to a recapitulation of 3,000 years of history. It also established the legal ground for Israel’s own choice of its capital: "Each sovereign under international law and custom, may designate its own capital."

The Bill also State:

"Since 1950 the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the state of Israel. The city of Jerusalem is the spiritual center of Judaism ... From 1948-1967 Jerusalem was a divided city and Israeli citizens of all faiths as well as Jewish citizens of all states were denied access to holy sites controlled by Jordan. In 1967 the city of Jerusalem was reunited during the conflict known as the Six-Day War. Since 1967, Jerusalem has been a united city administered by Israel, and persons of all religious faiths have been guaranteed full access to holy sites within the city.

"In 1992 the United States Senate and House or Representatives unanimously adopted a Resolution to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and reaffirming congressional sentiment that Jerusalem must remain an undivided city. The United States maintains its embassy in the functioning capital of every country except in the case of our democratic friend and strategic ally, the State of Israel.

"In 1996 the State of Israel will celebrate the 3,000th anniversary of the Jewish presence in Jerusalem since King David’s entry --- Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel. Ground breaking for construction of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem should begin no later than December 31, 1996. The U.S. Embassy should be officially open in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999."

The Bill then goes on to legislate the financial and administrative provisions for the transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Up to 70 senators are expected to vote for this important Bill. On the first day, the following senators had already signed on: Max Baucus (D-Mont.); Christopher Bond (R-Mo.); Bill Bradley (D-N.J); Hank Brown (R-Colo.); Dan Coats (R-Ind.); Alfonse D’Amato (R-N.Y.); Mike De Wine (R-Ohio); Robert Dole (R-Kan.); Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.); Lauch Faircloth (R-N.C.); Phil Gramm (R-Texas); Tom Harkin (D-Iowa); Orrin Hatch (R-Utah); Jesse Helms (R-N.C.; Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii); John Kyl (R-Ariz.; Carl Levin (D-Mich.; Trent Lott (R-Miss.); Connie Mack (R-Fla.; Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.); Larry Pressler (R-S.D.; Arlen Specter (R-Pa.; Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.; and Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.).

On the House side, the following members signed on the first day: Bill Archer (R-Tex.); Bob Barr (R-Ga.; Dan Burton (R-Ind.); Tom Delay (R-Texas); Ben Gilman (R-N.Y.); Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.); Dennis Haster (R-Ill.); Stephen Horn (R-Calif.); Rich Lazio (R-N.Y.; David McIntosh (R-Ind.; Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.; Sue Myrich (R-N.C.; Jim Nussle (R-Iowa); Bill Paxon (R-N.Y.); Christopher Smith (R-N.J.); Gerald Solomon (R-N.Y.; Peter Thorkildsen (R-Mass.); Barbara Vucavonich (R-N.Y.); Jerry Weller (R-Ill.); Dick Zimmer (R-N.J.).

As more members of Congress sign on, it will become crystal clear that moving the embassy to Jerusalem and declaring Jerusalem our undivided capital is not the concept of "Jewish extremists," but a reflection of deeply felt Christian and Jewish convictions alike, throughout the U.S., from coast to coast. We should all, individually and collectively, express our thanks to these outstanding American leaders and friends of Israel, which can best be done through the concert.

It is also obvious that Rabin and Co. And their extremist leftists have misjudged public opinion in this country, and must now be in full retreat with their destructive designs and programs.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Jerusalem’s 3000 Concert at Central Park on Sunday!




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