The Holy Jerusalem:

A Key to Middle East War or Peace?

 

 

As the new administration of President Donald J. Trump is beginning to develop its Middle East foreign policy strategy, the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict still persists. In addition to the multiple outstanding issues to be resolved by the parties, such as the need for mutual recognition and the settling of boundary disputes, questions remain regarding the future of Jerusalem, the Holy City, which is considered by Israel as its eternal capital—and which the Palestinians also see as their own capital in a future state.

 

 

 

This current report on “The Holy Jerusalem: A Key to Middle East War or Peace?” provides a recent academic effort focusing on two questions. First, can religion in general serve as an effective bridge to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East and elsewhere? And second, will the antagonists and their partisan Jewish, Muslim, and Christian co-religionists be capable of a peaceful resolution on the final status of the Holy City?

 

 

 

The co-sponsors of the report are the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, the International Law Institute, and the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

   Professor Yonah Alexander

   Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies

The Role of Religion in Combating Terrorism

   Professor Robert Eisen

   The George Washington University

   Issam M. Saliba

   Law Library of Congress

   Dr. Sayyid Syeed

   Islamic Society of North America

Jerusalem: Outlook for War or Peace?

   Hon. Reuven Azar

   Embassy of Israel

   Professor Mohammed S. Dajani

   The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Postscript to the Introduction

   Professor Yonah Alexander

   Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies

 

IUCTS Highlights

Seminars

 

May 20, 2019

"Jerusalem and Washington: A Life in Politics and Diplomacy” with Ambassador Zalman Shoval"

 

May 14, 2019

"The Role of Diplomacy in the World's Future"

 

April 30, 2019

"The Current State of American Diplomacy and Future Outlook"

 

March 28, 2019

"Biological Terrorism: International Dimensions"

   

Additional past events 

Op-ed

 

The Jerusalem Post on July 13, 2019:

"Establish a chemical and biological WMD Free Zone in the Middle East Now"

By Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig

 

The Times of Israel
on January 25, 2019: "There's good reason to fear Iran's global reach" by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig

 

The Times of Israel on September 26, 2018: "The battle for the new Syria"

by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig