Sarid's ancient history is as skewed as his modern politics. It was not the revolts of the Zealots or others that ended the Jewish presence in Israel but the economic isolation of the country after the Islamic conquest and then the destruction wrought by the Crusaders. As for Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, I've been to them, Shuafat (sp!) included, and they are growing. Save your tears, Jews were driven from many of them but never given refugee status. And let's preserve a sense of proportion no Jew could even enter Jordanian Jerusalem, 1948-67; and no Jew can be a citizen of Jordan today. If Jerusalem was so important to the Arabs why was it never any Arab state's capital? If it's so important to Christians, why did anti-Semites in Europe chant "Hierosolyma est perdita" derisively. It, all of it, is Israel.
Iranian parliamentary panel gives conditional nod to nuke deal (Reuters)
from the article: For Jerusalem, a response to Elie Wiesel