UNITED NATIONS: Till the End of Time?

"There has always been and always will be one capital only—Jerusalem the Eternal," cried Israel's Premier David Ben-Gurion. "Thus it was 3,000 years ago and thus it will be, we believe, until the end of time." Then, bluntly defying the U.N. demand for Jerusalem's internationalization (TIME, Dec. 19), pugnacious Ben-Gurion moved the seat of his government from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.

The Israelis were unmoved by a polite but firm note from the U.S., which had opposed the U.N. internationalization plan as highhanded and unrealistic, but now warned Israel against an "inflammatory move." The shift of Israel's capital from...

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