Jerusalem is unlike any other city in the world. It has been throughout its history. No sensible person would deny the profound connexion between it and Jewish history and the Jewish people. But that does not contain Jerusalem, it does not sum it up. It is a vital thread that is deeply connected to Christian and Muslim history and sentiment. To deny that connexion is to be ignorant of the history of those two great religioins. If Israel is not political (and I believe it is on one level and not on another) then it is meant to stand apart from all other places on earth and that is as a living symbol of the potential of peace, of coexistence and a truly golden city. At pressent it is a city of stone, of tribal triumphalism, of contempt for the other and territorial conflict. It has always been meant to be better thna that but has seldom ever achieved it. As for freedom of holy sites, please read the statments of the religioius fanatics who long to restore the Temple on Temple Mt.
U.S. State Dept. condemns 'vicious terrorist attack' that killed Palestinian infant (Haaretz)
from the article: For Jerusalem, a response to Elie Wiesel