The Israeli Palestinian conflict is a mixture of tangible disputes, psychological hangovers and symbolism, all intertwined. No issue epitomizes this entanglement more than the delicate, some might argue fragile, coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem. What seems to be an existing status quo in the city since 1967 can be easily disrupted by either insensitive acts or deliberate provocations.
Shaky relations with Jordan
It is tragic that Jerusalem has not become a symbol of peace and coexistence for all, especially for those who claim to share the same God. Ideally people should be allowed to worship anywhere and everywhere, as long as they do not interfere with other people’s freedom of worship and show mutual respect for each others beliefs. Sadly, the Middle East generally, and Jerusalem in particular, are far from this ideal.Yossi Mekelberg