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Jerusalem photos 1998

West Bank, Israel

Israel facts & history in brief

The State of Israel, a republic was declared 1948 and occupies more or less the Promised Land, the Bible Lands, the Holy Land and many other names to many people.
Bordered by Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the Red Sea, Egypt the Mediterranean Sea.
Now includes East Jerusalem, part of the West Bank, the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip, since Israel captured them in the Six-Day War in 1967.
Israel also captured the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, but returned it since in 1982, and granted Palestinian self-rule in the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank in 1994, after a peace agreement between Israel and Palestinian Liberation Organisation.
Geographically it can be divided into the areas of the hills of Galilee, the Plain of Esdraelon, the Judaean and Samarian hills, the coastal plains, and the Negev.

Israel has a population of over 5 million.
The capital is Jerusalem.
The history, tradition and the struggle of the land and its people is the Bible for many people.
The "Promised Land" "of milk and honey", was more recently discovered to be barren and infertile, that has many mineral, agricultural and human resources.
As in the Bible and in the middle ages during the crusades the 'Land of Peace' is in a bit of a turmoil.

Hui Chin, Endre and I crossed over from Jordan by the Allenby Bridge.

We begin our explorations with Jericho before we visited Jerusalem, New Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives, Bethlehem, Tiberias, Nazareth, Tabigha, Qumran, Masada, Beit Haarava and Eilat.


is a holy city of Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
It is the capital of Israel.
In 1948 Jerusalem was divided between Israel and Jordan, in the Israel Arab War.
Israel held West Jerusalem, and Jordan had East Jerusalem.
East Jerusalem is the 'Old City' and the 'Holy City'.
In 1967, in the Six Day War Israel occupied the West Bank including East Jerusalem.
West Jerusalem is the modern part of the city.
East Jerusalem includes the walled Old City, the site of many ancient holy places.
The Western wall is the only remains of the Jews' holy Temple of Biblical times.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre stands on the hill of Calvary, or Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified and buried.
The Dome of the Rock is the rock, according to Muslim belief, where Muhammad rose to heaven with Gabriel and spoke with God.

It isn't easy to find the Holy Sepulchre and many other sites, that means so much to Catholics, like us.
Two thousand years passed by and the 'Old City' is made up of many little alleys and is a permanent market place, so to speak.
But we couldn't get a way from the fact, that we were walking in the streets Jesus walked, especially on his last journey.
The history of the city is in the bible and we were awestruck.
A 'once in a life time experience', unless you are lucky enough to visit the place more than once.

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