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  1. Introduction
  2. Analysis of 'Palestinian rights do not include the right to Jerusalem, by Elie Wiesel'
  3. Analysis of visions of a new Jerusalem, by Michael Adams
  4. Political analysis of the continuation of the Intifada
  5. Reality Check: Israel's Identity Crisis, by Yaron Ben-Ami
  6. Influence of Jerusalem's religious symbolic In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  7. Conclusion
  8. Bibliography

The author takes position against a Palestinian-controlled Old Jerusalem, where all the holy and historical sites of Judaism stand. He states that Jerusalem is « holier » to Jews than to Muslims (ignoring the Palestinian Christian minority) and that it should be put under exclusive Jewish jurisdiction for that very reason. Wiezel also alleges that the Palestinian authority, since Israel's foundation in 1948, did not show any will for peace, therefore its people should not be given the right to control the Arab quarter of the city (East Jerusalem). Admitting the importance of peace in the region and for Palestinians to have a decent and secure place to live, he though opposes to « peace at any price » and to a massive return of the 600 thousand Arab refugees, invoking that such a situation would be a threat to Israelis' security, « just as cutting Jerusalem from its roots [Judaism] would be spiritual suicide ».
Since it is a comment, this article is by definition biased. It is though very interesting concerning the purpose of the present essay, which is approaching the problem in a human, rather than a political angle.

[...] Influence of Jerusalem's religious symbolic In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the matter of Jerusalem's status is by far the one that raises the most tensions, that makes the timid, incipient dialog become two deafening monologues. How many times did the countless peace processes abort because of this delicate question? How many times is Yerushalaim mentioned, glorified in the Torah, the holy Book of Jews ? How many Palestinian songs chant the exile from the third most holy city in Islam, just behind Mecca and Medina ? [...]

[...] The author, by its status of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is a significant Jewish voice in the United States and around the world. He consequently bares great responsibility for his statements. II) Analysis: Visions of a new Jerusalem, by Michael Adams Summary: The key obstacle to effective negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian governments is each one's position concerning Jerusalem's status, especially the Israelis?, who claim the city as their eternal and undivided capital Adams defines East Jerusalem's occupation by the Israelis as illegal, since it was taken by military action, and because the Palestinians have been given legitimate sovereignty on this part of the city by UN international law. [...]

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