Baruch Hashem that there are some clued in people who are making the job harder, but I fear the failure will come regardless and the unthinkable will happen - at least for a time. Jerusalem will be re-divided.
“Behold, a day of G-d is coming, when your spoils will be divided in your midst." (Zechariah 14)
For how long, I suppose, depends on our efforts at teshuvah.
Last week, the government began placing a "temporary" wall between Jewish (Armon HaNetziv) and Arab (Jabal Muchaber) areas of the capital. They are literally across the street from each other. Within hours, people were calling for its removal out of fear that it was a prelude to a re-division of the city - just like the "security wall" is a de-facto partitioning of the "West Bank" from the rest of "Israel proper".
(Ynet) "Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the barrier would remain "for as long as needed" and that it could be lengthened based on security needs."
|Top: Jerusalem Wall; Bottom: West Bank Wall|
So, this brings me to the reason I chose this subject today.
Police stations in eastern Yerushalayim, faced with the heart of the Islamic violence and attacks in the capital, are significantly shorthanded, lacking about 400 policemen.
Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan is working to encourage them by offering financial and other incentives, yet fewer and fewer policemen are willing to serve in the predominately Arab areas of the capital and the high confrontation areas. Policemen explain they are unwilling to endure what the job demands for a mere NIS 400-500 extra monthly. This they explain includes serving in the Arab areas and the Old City. “We prefer NIS 500 monthly less and have a quiet life” one officer is quoted telling Walla News anonymously.
But, this is just another reason to give "East" Jerusalem to the Arabs for their capital. They wil say that the State can't continue to bear the burden of supplying security to these areas which most Jews have been scared into avoiding. And that will include the Old City, too!
I firmly believe that everything we're seeing and experiencing today has been orchestrated with the cooperation of this regime and is meant to "soften up" the populace for this inevitable eventuality.