By: Faizan Haq, Editor-in-Chief
Hildegard Von Bingen, a Christian German poet of the Crusaders’ time, wrote of Jerusalem.

                                                                                    “The Holy Spirit rings in you, for you are
WhoseCityCoverFinalnumbered among the singers of Heaven,
and because you are honoured in Christ
since you have no stain.”

Many centuries later, Mahmoud Darwish, a Palestinian Muslim wrote,

“In Jerusalem, and I mean within the ancient walls,
I walk from one epoch to another without a memory
to guide me. The prophets over there are sharing
the history of the holy … ascending to heaven”

And then there is a contemporary Jewish poet, Yahuda Amichai, who wrote so eloquently,

“The air over Jerusalem is saturated with prayers
and dreams
like the air over industrial cities.
It’s hard to breathe.
And from time to time a new shipment of
history arrives”

Among these swollen emotions, expectations, and religious thoughts, exists the United Nations resolutions, the international community, and their viewpoints about the fate of this city. For us Americans, the question is: With whom do we stand, and whose argument do we agree with? America, with all its commitment to the security of Israel, has managed so far to side with the international community and the United Nations. Not with the intention to forever remain neutral on this issue, but with the will to draw up lasting peace accords between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The two-state solution has moved even further from reach, with the announcement of the American president to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has further complicated even the possibility of a just solution. America still matters as a superpower, and the weight of its opinion can still bend the world’s attitudes. The only problem is that with this executive decision, it is bending the wrong way. The most obvious observation is the learned diplomatic helplessness of American allies in the Muslim world. By this decision, we have given the widest opening to our world competitors, China and Russia, to exploit this frustration against us. Whether we allow Muslims to come into America or not, we simply cannot afford to turn the opinions of the 57 OIC nations against the U.S.


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