Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Over the ages, despite recent changes with regard to holiness issues and symbols, sites of religious worship and houses of prayer have become the beacons for the idea of a sacred area, something that is reserved, holy and not to be touched or used by anyone who is not allowed to.Three major monotheistic religions are represented and deeply rooted in Jerusalem, and last week an unprecedented event occurred – one that caused lots of damage to the image of the State of Israel. It did not occur because of tension or hatred between these faiths, but because they were an easy target to which to export the ongoing street battles between Mayor Nir Barkat and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon.
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