By Nicola Nasser**
While the history of the world is moving decisively toward a culture of inclusion, diversity and pluralism, Israeli politics seems to challenge history by moving in the opposite direction of exclusion and unilateral self - righteous monopoly of geography, demography, history, archeology and culture, especially in Jerusalem, where Israelis are desperately trying to establish a "Jewish" capital for Israel and "the Jewish people" worldwide, excluding centuries old presence of Palestinian, Arab, Muslim and Christian deep-rooted existence and heritage, thus sowing the seeds of imminent conflict and foreseeable war by strangling a city that has historically been of diversified and pluralistic character and a flashpoint for human misery whenever exclusion becomes the rule of the day.
Israeli politics is not moving against history only, but is challenging world politics as well. Although the first Knesset of the newly born "state of Israel" voted on December 13, 1949 to move the seat of government from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and despite Israel's annexation of east Jerusalem on June 27, 1967, which the UN Security Council declared "null and void," both unilateral declarations have never been accepted and recognized by the international community, not even by the U.S., Israel's strategic guardian.
More recently, while millions of Christians were celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem, on the southern outskirts of Jerusalem, and the birth of Christianity in Jerusalem, the scene of Jesus' resurrection following his death by crucifixion, which is the cornerstone of Christian faith, the Knesset was, on Christmas day, scheduled to consider a draft law that would declare Jerusalem "the capital of the Jewish people" and the capital of Israel at the same time.
The fact that the ruling elite in Tel Aviv has made a
prior recognition of Israel as a "Jewish" state a precondition for making peace
implicitly and consequently applies to Christians as well, otherwise how could
any observer interpret the still simmering crisis with
the Vatican over the holy places in Jerusalem. The "Fundamental Agreement"
signed by both sides on December 30, 1993, as well as an agreement on the recognition of the civil effects of
ecclesiastical legal personality, signed on November 10, 1997, have yet to be ratified by Israel's Knesset. Some in
the Israeli media has been recently accusing the
The Vatican in the past supported making Jerusalem a corpus separatum , an international city in accordance with the UN Resolution 181 of 1947; Israel's non-compliance delayed Vatican's formal recognition of Israel until 1993.
More recently, the
The only perceived threat to the holy
places against which the