Balfour, Alan

The Walls of Jerusalem: Preserving the Past, Controlling the Future

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A complete examination of the men and forces that created and shaped the modern state of Israel over the last hundred years

Walls of Jerusalem is a study of the creation and evolution of the modern state of Israel. This unique work begins with the actions of four extraordinary men — Theodor Herzl, Chaim Weizmann, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, and David Ben-Gurion — and follows with their influence on subsequent leaders and on the political and military decisions that have shaped and changed Jerusalem and the nation. The resulting physical realty has made concrete the shift in vison from the broad utopian ideals of the beginning, to the separation barrier and settlement enclaves that increasingly divide both Jewish and Palestinian cultures.

The author traveled across the West Bank, into the Israeli settlements and along the Israeli security barrier dividing Israel from Palestine. He entered the tombs, mosques and synagogues, experienced the distortion of Jerusalem since the building of the separation barrier - the watchtowers, the welded gates, the shuttered shops, divided highways and back-ways, tunnels, bridges, checkpoints, to better understand evolving reality that defines the stage for the future relationship between Israel and Palestine.

Walls of Jerusalem is a timely book, its vivid narrative journeys through a century and a half of dreams and conflicts that lead to a divided Jerusalem:

  • It presents each stage of Israel’s evolution, from the 1896 publication of Herzl’s Der Judenstaat and the Balfour Declaration, to the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem in 2018
  • Relates the visions of Israel’s creators to the destructive and constructive forces utilized to create a new nation
  • Reviews the century long attempts by international organizations to resolve the conflict between Jews and Palestinians
  • Makes every effort to present a balanced exploration of challenges facing the state of Israel and its place on the world stage, but in conclusion gives emphasis to the plight of the Palestinians
  • Integrates illustrations with text to provide a detailed portrait of central figures in modern Israel’s history


history of Israel; history of Palestine; modern Israel history; religious history; political history of the middle east; religious history of Israel; political history of Palestine; modern Jerusalem; Israeli politics; political history of Israel; middle east politics; Jewish homeland; Balfour Declaration; Israel Palestine conflict; 19th century Israel; figures in Israeli history; Theodor Herzl; Chaim Weizmann; David Ben-Gurion; Ze’ve Jabotinsky; the iron wall; Al-Nakba; Eretz Yisrael; Israeli settlements; West Bank separation barrier; modern Israel history; Israel founders; creation of Israel; nation of Israel creation; state of Israel history; Theodor Herzl; Chaim Weizmann; Ze’ev Jabotinsky; David Ben-Gurion; Walls of Jerusalem: The Walls of Jerusalem: Preserving the Past, Controlling the Future; Alan Balfour

, Social & Cultural History, History of Religion, Social & Cultural History, History of Religion
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