Who owns the Holy City?
March 16, 2017 12:43
Hint: It’s not who you probably think. ‘In Jerusalem’ delves into the ‘church land’ issue
A panorama of early 20th-century Jerusalem, showing the city walls, the Dome of the Rock and the Aksa Mosque.
(photo credit:Wikimedia Commons)
Would it surprise you to learn that the Knesset – our governing body, symbol of sovereignty, and hub of national political power – sits on land that the State of Israel does not in fact own? Would you also be taken aback to discover that the same thing can be said about the Prime Minister’s Residence?Are you perhaps wondering why these and other iconic locales in Jerusalem are on land that Israel does not own, who owns them if not Israel, and how this came to be?