Jerusalem: Looking ahead

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June 10, 2016 17:28

“It is not only a matter of money; it is primarily a matter of a bold political decision, a change in mind-set, followed and backed by huge budgets."

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Israel Kimhi

Israel Kimhi. (photo credit:CHEN LEOPOLD/JERUSALEM INSTITUTE FOR ISRAEL STUDIES)

He was here before the Six Day War – a high-ranking urban planning official at the municipality under mayor Teddy Kollek.

Almost immediately after the last bullets were fired in the Old City streets, Israel Kimhi – today the head of the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies’ Jerusalem desk – recalls that he and his colleagues were asked to open the existing maps of Jerusalem and work on a physical reunification of the two parts of the city that had been divided for 19 years.

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