Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says the Jewish people have a biblical claim to Yerushalayim. At a campaign stop on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Gingrich said anyone who reads the Bible knows that “Jerusalem is by definition the city of David.”
The former House speaker said it’s that history, and the Jewish people’s survival over the past 2,000 years, that made it appropriate to restore Israel as a modern Jewish state. Gingrich said there were few people then in what would become Israel, and they called themselves Arabs rather than Palestinians.
He also said recent Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel show that the Mideast peace process is “phony.”