The Politics of Jerusalem since 1967

The Politics of Jerusalem since 1967

The Politics of Jerusalem since 1967

The Politics of Jerusalem since 1967

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Writing this book has sometimes felt like using a telescope and microscope simultaneously to focus upon the city. There are so many lenses through which to analyze Jerusalem that to examine it with one level of magnification is meaningless unless reference immediately is made to other levels. It is, for example, a small city, located at the eastern edge of a semi-enclosed sea, yet during some epochs it was regarded as the center of the world. It is a city seated on a barren highland ridge, away from the main trade routes and bereft of a wealthy agricultural hinterland or other significant resources, yet it has been a valuable prize for successive invading armies. It is one of the most ancient cities of the world, with ruins stretching back to the early Biblical periods, yet is also an ultra-modern city with a high-technology economic sector and plays a central role in the politics of the region. It is a city whose problems have been consigned to the end of the agenda of the current peace negotiations, yet the failure to resolve them may jeopardize the whole of the negotiations. The interplay of these opposites, of these different levels which have created lasting conflict, runs through the history and politics of Jerusalem.

The chief reason why Jerusalem is no stranger to conflict is its unique position in the world as a place sacred to three monotheistic . . .

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