Three Thousand Years Later – Jerusalem is thriving

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The Zionist road back to Jerusalem that started in Basel (1897), and continued with the visit of Theodor Herzl to Jerusalem (1898), received international validation through the Balfour Declaration (November 1917).  A month later, British General Allenby walked through the gates of Jerusalem (December 1917), marking the beginning of 100 years of European involvement.

In those 100 Years, Jerusalem evolved and today it is thriving!

The vibrancy of Mahaneh Yehuda market, the flourishing art & culture scene, the flavor of Israeli wine,  the city’s academic centers, think tanks, and technology start-ups, the diversity of its population, the rising engagement of Israelis with Judaism, all turned Jerusalem into a beacon to the world.

The new fast-train to Tel Aviv, the growing foreign ownership of vacation homes in Jerusalem  and the consideration by nations to move their embassies to the city are all increasingly turning Jerusalem into an international destination-city, and fulfilling Herzl’s utopia.

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Life in Jerusalem:

Jerusalem: Europe vs. America

Impact of moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem

JerusAviv? Impact of the upcoming Fast-Train to Tel Aviv

Haredi Spring: Celebration of Zionism in Shaarei Hessed

Shift in the Jerusalem Experience: Shuk Mahanehe Yehuda

The Rise of  Jerusalem’s Art Scene


Zionism & Israeli Society:

Israel Abandoning its Secular Roots

The New Secular: The Datlaf (Sometimes Religious)

Contribution of Vacation Homes Owners

Rising Nationalism vs. Globalization – How it Effects the Jews

Zionism & Wine



1897: From Basel to Jerusalem – A Look at the First Zionist Congress

1897: Herzl vs Ahad Ha’Am – Outsider vs Establishment

1898: Herzl’s Jerusalem Visit – an Inflection Point in Zionism

1917: Balfour Awakened – 100 Years to the Balfour Declaration

1917: Enter the British – 100 Years to British Conquest of Jerusalem 

1948:  The Outbreak of War and the Heroic Story of the Lamed-Heh

1948: Herzl’s birthday gift


Europe and its Relation to Jerusalem:

Europe and Jerusalem – a 2,300 Year-old Conflict

100 Years of European involvement in  Jerusalem

70 Year-old Attempt to Downplay European Guilt 

20 Years of European Escalation towards Jerusalem

10 Years of European Obsession with Jerusalem – Possible Reasons

Europe and Jerusalem in Fiction: Wonder Woman Fights European Incitement

Rise of Germany’s Far-Right and Jerusalem: Impact of German Elections

Rise of Austria’s Far-Right and Jerusalem: Impact of Austrian Elections


Interviews about Jerusalem and Zionism:

Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau: The World has not learned the lessons of the Holocaust

Victoria Coates: Israel is in the trenches with the United States

Kenneth Bialkin: Jerusalem as a Destination-City

Josh Weston: Bringing American CEOs to Israel

Amb. Vivian Bercovici: Revolutionizing Diplomacy

Oded Revivi: Bottom-up Peace

Naomi Chazan: In defense of Israel’s Civil Society

Elyakim Haetzni: Coexistence!

Yossi Beilin: Wanted – a border



The above articles appeared in the Jerusalem Post between 2015-2018 and written by Gol Kalev

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