The recent government crisis in Israel and the international uproar trig¬gered by the confiscation of 134 acres (536 dunums) of Palestinian land in East Jerusalem have put the question of Jerusalem in the limelight and strengthened the convictions of those who believe that the discussion of Jerusalem's future should not be postponed any longer.
In this issue, devoted to the Jerusalem imbroglio, each of the Israeli and Palestinian contributors speaks convincingly and often passionately of "my Jerusalem," and what it symbolizes for their faith and people. The national and religious feelings of those on the other side, the deep attach¬ment of other claimants to Jerusalem, are rarely referred to, and even less often taken into consideration.
Over the centuries, 26 major wars have been fought over Jerusalem, all in the name of the "true faith," be it Jewish, Christian or Islamic. Each "solution" was impos
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