For globetrotting travelers, it’s easy to recognize a spectacular city. They are energetic, diverse destinations intent on preserving local heritage, revitalizing undervalued neighborhoods, and they possess distinct personalities that set them apart from other metropolises.Number 10 is Jerusalem:
If the US had its way, Jerusalem would not be Israel's capital and many of its attractions would never have been unearthed. There would be no Jews in the Jewish Quarter and many other neighborhoods woud simply not exist.
if the European nations had their way, the eastern part of the city would be Judenrein and the Old City would be filled with the same slums that it had in 1967. Western sections of Jerusalem would look like any cookie-cutter town worldwide.
If the UN had its way, Jerusalem would be an "international city" where nothing would ever get done.
If UNESCO had its way, there would be no building in Jerusalem, and no archaeology except Muslim digs to destroy Jewish heritage.
If the Arab League had its way, the entire city would be the way it was in 1850 when it was ignored by the entire Muslim world.
Jerusalem's beauty and success today is despite the daily efforts of virtually the entire world to stop any growth and unification of the city.
Congratulations to the people and leaders of Jerusalem. Your beauty would not exist if Israel listened to the rest of the world.