Divided Jerusalem: The Struggle for the Holy City / Edition 3

Divided Jerusalem: The Struggle for the Holy City / Edition 3

by Bernard Wasserstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 030013763X

ISBN-13: 9780300137637

Pub. Date: 05/16/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this timely book, Bernard Wasserstein offers the first authoritative history of the fraught diplomatic relations surrounding the Holy City of Jerusalem. Jews, Muslims, and Christians have all claimed the city as their own over the centuries—as have a dizzying array of foreign nations. In the period between the founding of the city and its capture by

Overview

In this timely book, Bernard Wasserstein offers the first authoritative history of the fraught diplomatic relations surrounding the Holy City of Jerusalem. Jews, Muslims, and Christians have all claimed the city as their own over the centuries—as have a dizzying array of foreign nations. In the period between the founding of the city and its capture by Israelis in 1967, Jerusalem has been conquered at least thirty-seven times. “No other town,” wrote Arthur Koestler in 1948, “has caused such continuous waves of killing, rape, and unholy misery over the centuries as the Holy City.”

Today, Jerusalem lies at the core of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It is the most deeply divided capital city in the world: its Arab and Jewish residents inhabit different districts, speak different languages, attend different schools, read different newspapers, observe different holy days—live, in almost every significant respect, different lives. Against the background of renewed violence in and around Jerusalem, this book explores the complicated origins of the current diplomatic impasse. Why is the question of Jerusalem so intractable? Why has it outlasted almost every other political dispute as a focus for diplomatic wrangling and collective violence? And what are the prospects for resolution?

Meticulously researched, and written with humanity and elegance, this book offers an illuminating contribution to the effort to achieve a lasting negotiated settlement of a tragic conflict that affects us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300137637
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/16/2008
Edition description:
3
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     x
Acknowledgements     xvi
List of Tables     xviii
List of Maps     xix
Prologue: The Heavenly City     1
Jerusalem of the Jews
Jerusalem of the Christians
Jerusalem of the Muslims
The Wars of the Consuls     14
The holy places
Egyptian rule in Jerusalem
The Protestant bishopric
War clouds over the tomb of Christ
Old City, New City     45
Beyond the walls
Spiritual imperialism
Jerusalem promoted
'A Christmas present for the British nation'
Jerusalem under the Mandate     82
From military government to mandate
Christian triumphalism
The rise of the mufti
Towards partition
'A glorified cockpit'
Division     132
Mandatory abdication
Spontaneous partition
Pantomime across the Jordan
Collapse of corpus separatum
A king for Jerusalem
'Will the Vatican send an army here?'
Two Jerusalems     179
Divide and rule
Jerusalem demoted
Christians in a divided Jerusalem
New consular wars
Cul-de-sac capital
Annexation     205
Conquest
Unification
Jerusalem under Israeli rule
Arab resistance
World reaction
Towards Palestinian Autonomy     239
Diplomacy by declaratory gesture
Jerusalem: an American problem?
Palestinians and Jerusalem
Intifada and after
Christian Jerusalem in Eclipse     266
Christians under Jewish rule
Reds andwhites
Creeping Partition     287
The Beilin-Abu Mazen agreement
Palestinian elections
The siege of Orient House
The Camp David impasse
Trouble on the Temple Mount     317
Palimpsest
Riots at the Wailing Wall
The Temple Mount under Israeli rule
The battle of the muftis
The logic of haggle
Epilogue: The Earthly City     345
Jigsaw-puzzle solutions
The Clinton legacy
Israeli and Palestinian public opinions
Demographic diktat?
Must heaven wait?
Notes     363
Sources     397
Index     407

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