JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM! CITY OF PEACE CENTER OF CONFRONTATION
Robert L Kuhn
Rich in history, drenched in tradition, sanctified by religion and stained with blood, Jerusalem remains forever young, forever old. Here David and Solomon reigned, Jesus of Nazareth walked, the apostles preached; here Mohammed is believed by Moslems to have ascended to heaven; here the Saracens, Turks, and Crusaders fought; here the Israelis have exuberantly returned. There is not one square inch of Jerusalem which has not witnessed the fusion of human creativity and conflict. Jerusalem has beheld both the zenith and the nadir of human emotion and achievement. It is indeed the supreme paradox. The city with peace in its name (salem - shalom in modem Hebrew and salaam in Arabic – means "peace"), the city which symbolizes peace and understanding to three great religions, today represents the least peace and the least understanding. Far above the controversies that have characterized the Middle East from time immemorial, the intensely emotional issue of Jerusalem stands supreme. It is again a focal point of world attention. What does this all mean?
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