The boundary of the Tribe of Judah

Territory of Judah may be divided

“The boundary [of the Tribe of Judah] ascended from the Valley of Achor to Debir and turned north to Gilgal, facing the Ascent of Adumin, which is south of the wadi” (Joshua 15:7 and Joshua 18:17).

Ma’aleh Adumim is one of the largest cities in the West Bank of the Jordan River with a population of 37,500. Its name, Ma’aleh Adumim or “Ascent of Red,” comes from the word “red” or “adumim,” which refers to the red-colored rock ascending from the Dead Sea.

For the past 23 years, Israel has been in the midst of a “peace process” and, therefore, has been obligated to work toward the creation of a viable Palestinian state─within Israel’s own borders. This obligation holds, whether negotiations are active or not. The recent UN resolution demands Israel to end all community and settlement activity in the land that Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War. The stated purpose of this resolution is to divide the land of Israel by the United Nations’ vote.

One of the consequences of the recent resolution is to force Israel to stop building housing to meet the needs of natural growth in large communities such as the city of Ma’aleh Adumim, situated a few miles southeast from Jerusalem. The city suffers already from housing shortage due to the 2009 building freeze on new construction, caused by the UN.

Any additional home building in communities such as Ma’aleh Adumim worries the Palestinian Authority. They want to continue building Arab communities all around Jerusalem as a part of the hoped-for future capital of the Palestinian state.

Communities Are Jerusalem’s Security

A beautifully built complex in Ma’aleh Adumim.

The hopes of the Palestinians may be dashed since Israel’s right-wing parties are rallying the Prime Minister to annex the city of Ma’aleh Adumim. The annexation is seen to be most fitting for the Knesset to approve such a historic decision at the same time Israel celebrates the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem since the Six-Day War in 1967. About 78% of Israelis want the city to be included within Israel’s sovereign borders. Large Jewish communities around Jerusalem safeguard the Eternal City.

Please pray for the future of Ma’aleh Adumim.