In honor of Jerusalem Day on Sunday, a collection of over 93,000 signatures of Israel supporters on the Jerusalem Covenant proclaiming the city's eternal unity was given to freshman MK Yehuda Glick (Likud).
The Jerusalem Covenant, which declares Jerusalem to be the eternal Biblical and political capital of Israel, was presented to Glick by Rabbi Tuly Weisz, founder of the NGO Israel365.
“This is so exciting, holding a book with almost 100,000 signatures of people from all over the world, who signed their name on the Jerusalem Covenant,” Glick said as he was presented with the Covenant.
"Jerusalem is the city of peace and here we see the words of the prophets materializing and becoming a reality, all nations coming together and signing the Jerusalem Covenant between God and Jerusalem and the world," he added.
Originally the Jerusalem Covenant was written in 1992 by Deputy Chief Justice Rabbi Menachem Elon, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the capital's liberation. It was intended as a renewal of the Biblical covenant between God and the people of Israel.
Israel365 sought to reaffirm the Jerusalem Covenant in 2013, and in the first year it got 10,000 signatures. That number grew to 23,000 in 2014 and over 50,000 signatures in 2015. This year the figure topped 93,000, with signatories from over 100 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe.
Every year Israel365 has presented a printed collection of the signatures bound in a book to a different MK – last year it was Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, and this year Glick was chosen for his activism in reconnecting Jews to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.
"I wish for Israel365 that you should succeed in putting out the next copy, by the end of the jubilee year, with a million signatures. That would be the opening of a new era," said Glick.
For his part Rabbi Tuly Weisz said, "signing the Jerusalem Covenant gives Israel’s supporters a chance to make their voices heard, and to tell the world that Jerusalem is, and always will be, the Biblical heritage of the Jewish people."
To sign the Jerusalem Covenant, please click here.