Monday, July 13, 2015

  • Monday, July 13, 2015
  • Elder of Ziyon
Time magazine created a list of top travel destinations:
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:
Christians, Jews, and Muslims converge to worship in this 4,000-year-old holy city, and their respective churches, synagogues, and mosques surround the historic Old City. Here, you can tuck a miniature prayer into the Western Wall, or see a fragment of clay engraved with cuneiform at the excavation site at Temple Mount. The iconic, gleaming gold Dome of the Rock is best photographed from the Austrian Hospice, which offers unparalleled views of the city and Mount of Olives. Jerusalem, like every other city on our list, also has a stake in the contemporary and the secular. Luxury apartment buildings now erupt like stalagmites from the Judean Desert, and high-end restaurants, such as King’s Court at the restored Waldorf Astoria, are bringing a new upmarket appeal to this arid oasis.
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.

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