To the Spoiler, Victory

But the election of a hard-line mayor could turn the Holy City into a flashpoint between Arabs and Jews

The ground was shaking last Tuesday night on Jerusalem's Pierre Koenig Street as scores of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men in long black coats and black hats stamped their feet, shouted "Messiah!" and sprayed champagne in the direction of Ehud Olmert, the city's new mayor. Five minutes away, shudders of a different sort reverberated through the campaign headquarters of Teddy Kollek as television announcers declared that a "political earthquake" had ended a remarkable career in public service. It is difficult to imagine Jerusalem without the rotund, irascible Kollek, who presided for nearly three decades over a transformation of the Holy City from a...

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