"Before the 1967 Six Days War this was Arab."
"No," I replied; "It was empty."
And that mistake, misreading of history, was from "one of us," someone highly educated who lives nearby. Most people have a distorted impression of recent history. There never was an Arab country here, and in the nineteen years when Jordan was "in charge" the land wasn't developed and there was no investment for modern infrastructure.
After June, 1967, Arabs were not removed from their homes when Ramat Shlomo, Pisgat Zeev, Shiloh, Ofra, Itamar, Tekoa etc were built. Most of what is today Jerusalem had been ignored and was at most a garbage dump before Israel began building.
Unfortunately, Israeli governments have always cared more for what foreign nations may think than for what is good for our country. They listen to the Americans rather than to the Israeli citizens who voted them in. None of this is new. I was very upset listening to Ambassador Yehuda Avner reminisce on Jerusalem Day (and promote his new book) about how during the Six Days War Eshkol's government, especially Moshe Dayan, was afraid to liberate eastern Jerusalem, the Old City, the Kotel and the Temple Mount. All they could think of was:
"What will the Americans say?"
The Israeli Government's priority was not:
What's best for the State of Israel
That's treasonous, because a government is supposed to be focused on one thing and one thing alone, what's best for the security and future of one's country. You know that I'm not very "PC," politically correct, nor shy about telling it like it is.
We have to thank G-d, of course Yehuda Avner gives credit to Menachem Begin, for rescuing the State of Israel from itself and liberating our Historic Biblical Homeland.