As one of the world’s oldest cities and a focal point for the world’s three major monotheistic religions, Jerusalem has been a source of conflict for centuries. Today, under full Israeli sovereignty, the capital city is calmer than it was during other contentious periods in its epic history. Yet the city is always prone to sporadic outbreaks of conflicts—including terrorism, or geopolitical and diplomatic disputes—between Jews, Arabs and members of the international community.
As Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat put it, “If there is no conflict in the city, it is a signal that the city isn’t running properly.”
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