ISRAEL: Unifying a Divided City

Jerusalem remains the focus of irreconcilable views

"O Allah, save Jerusalem." Assembled outside Mecca last week for the beginning of the annual hajj (pilgrimage), 1.6 million Muslims prayed in fervent unison for the "liberation" of East Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. A few days earlier, Israeli Premier Menachem Begin had given a rousing speech at an election rally in Jerusalem for local candidates of his Likud Party. He declared that a united Jerusalem was as much the capital of Israel as Washington was the capital of...

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