The American flag over the first residence of the American consulate, Jaffa Gate, circa 1857. Frank DeHass 1883 Courtesy MFH TAC Jerusalem LOC Washington Edwin W Holy Jerusalem, 1898

The First American Consul Happened to Have Jerusalem Syndrome

The extraordinary story of Warder Cresson, a Messianic Quaker who moved to Jerusalem, waged war on Christian organizations and converted to Judaism

For the residents of Israel, and the Middle East as a whole, the American presence in the region is as natural and expected as the hot sun overhead in the middle of August.

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