The Messiah will fulfill the messianic prophecies of the Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel. According to Isaiah, the Messiah will be a paternal descendant of King David via King Solomon. He is expected to return the Jews to their homeland and rebuild the Temple, reign as King, and usher in an era of peace and understanding where "the knowledge of God" fills the earth, leading the nations to "end up recognizing the wrongs they did Israel Ezekiel states the Messiah will redeem the Jews.
Jesus lived while the Second Temple was standing, and not while the Jews were exiled. He never reigned as King, and there was no subsequent era of peace or great knowledge. Jesus died without completing or even accomplishing part of any of the messianic tasks, instead promising a second coming. Rather than being redeemed, the Jews were subsequently exiled from Israel.
No, I do not believe Jesus fulfilled the "requirements" to be the Messiah according to Jewish prophecy. He fulfills Christian interpretations of Hebrew/Jewish prophecy, but not the Jewish interpretations. I always felt when it came to the Hebrew scriptures the Jewish interpretations must be more accurate than Christian ones, seeing as they wrote them and they were theirs originally.
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