For 2,000 years, Jews have ended their prayers with next year in Jerusalem. The Romans destroyed our Temple and forced us to leave our ancient homeland. In 1948, Israel became a state but still had no access to the Kotel and the Temple Mount. The Jordanians controlled it. After 1967, we could once again pray at the Kotel. The Muslim mosque on the Temple Mount was respected. Now, there are news reports circulating that Olmert is thinking of ceding control of the Temple Mount and the Kotel. The Palestinians will not respect our ancient right to pray there. Even now, the Waqf is destroying artifacts from the Second Temple by digging a utility trench without regard to archaeology.
There is a petition all can sign for Israel to remain in control of all of Jerusalem. Please sign and pass it on.
I have set a goal of moving to Israel in the 10 years. I have a town picked out and I'm learning Hebrew. The ties Jews have for the land of Israel cannot be denied. There is something about it that calls. One of the things I'm most looking forward to is to be able to stand at the Kotel, touch it, and pray in front of it.
If Israel losses control, those dreams will be dashed. When the Palestinians gained control over Joseph's Tomb in Shechem, they burned it.
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem.