Jerusalem is the eye of a looming religious conflict – J.Cook.

by refusing to recognise any Palestinian national claims in Jerusalem, Mr Netanyahu has forced the population to recast the conflict in religious terms. Unable to identify politically with either Fatah or Hamas, Jerusalem’s Palestinians have found powerful consolation in a religious struggle to counter the mounting threats to Al Aqsa.

From this perspective, Mr Netanyahu’s efforts to undermine Mr Abbas and the PA appear self-destructive. Without them, the West Bank will go the way of Jerusalem – an ever more unmanageable colonial conflict heading towards religious conflagration.

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