TITLE

JERUSALEM: PRESENT AND FUTURE

AUTHOR(S)
Kollek, Teddy
PUB. DATE
June 1981
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Summer81, Vol. 59 Issue 5, p1041
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents the author's opinion on what is the most desirable course of action that Israel's national authorities should take in regard to the Jerusalem that is of such central concern to Jews, Christians and Muslims, given the political complexities of the city. What Israel must do in Jerusalem is very clear. We must recognize that Jerusalem will be among the last items on the agenda as the Middle East's problems are solved, and we must strive in the meantime to make the quality of life for all people in the city as attractive as we possibly can. In July 1977, writing for Foreign Affairs on the tenth anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, I listed four principles that guided our actions in administering our city. These principles were put forth as follows: There shall be free access to all the Holy Places irrespective of nationality and they shall be administered by their adherents, everything possible shall be done to ensure unhindered development of the Arab way of life in the Arab sections of the city and ensure Muslims and Christians a practical religious, cultural and commercial governance over their own daily lives, everything possible should be done to ensure equal govern-mental, municipal and social services in all parts of the city and lastly, continuing efforts should be made to increase cultural, social and economic contacts among the various elements of Jerusalem's population, while preserving the cultural and even the national identity of each group.
ACCESSION #
4851269

 

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