The future division of Jerusalem between Palestinians and Israelis stalls "core issues" negotiation
Israel's PM Ehud Olmert seemed to push Jerusalem off the table again today. He said that because the city's future is such a sensitive issue, other matters, such as borders, will be tackled first as this year proceeds toward George Bush's timetable for a Mid-East agreement before he leaves office in January 2009. Not without good reason have many observers noted that the city is really the heart of the century-long conflict.In the opening chapter of Identity Ideology and the Future of Jerusalem (Palgrave 2006), I wrote:
Explosive, contentious, capable of drawing in much of the world community—this is the pervasive nature of the problem.