For 1,300 years, various Islamic dynasties (Syrian, Egyptian, and Turkish) governed Jerusalem as part of their overall control of the Land of Israel. (What is amazing is that over that period, not one Islamic dynasty ever made Jerusalem its capital.) By the 19th century, Jerusalem had been so neglected by Islamic rulers that several prominent Western writers who visited Jerusalem were moved to write about it. French writer Gustav Flaubert, for example, found “ruins everywhere” during his visit in 1850 when it was part of the Turkish Empire (1516-1917). Seventeen years later Mark Twain wrote that Jerusalem had “become a pauper village.” Let's hope the new Israeli control will change things. It won't happen overnight. It won't happen easily. And it won't happen without peace.
Ofir Akunis officially replaces Danny Danon as minister of science, technology, and space (Haaretz)
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