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"Jerusalem is old, Jerusalem is new, Jerusalem can hold Moslem, Christian, Jew." - Don Mclean

"What has Athens to do with Jerusalem." - Tertullian

"What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?" - Tertullian

"In Jerusalem, the skies are closer. In Jerusalem, the Skies are Lower." - Avner Strauss

"In Jerusalem, even the silence speaks. In Jerusalem, the Skies are Lower (1989)." - Avner Strauss

"Jerusalem is a port city on the shore of eternity." - Yehuda Amichai

"Jerusalem meant one thing for Jesus: certain death." - John Piper

"Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian state." - Yasser Arafat

"Jerusalem is united, will never be divided again." - Yitzhak Rabin

"The Old City of Jerusalem is in our hands." - Moshe Dayan

"The grandeur of Jerusalem is also... its problem." - Umberto Eco

"I returned to Jerusalem, and it is by virtue of Jerusalem that I have written all that God has put into my heart and into my pen." - Shmuel Y. Agnon

"You're shaking ... so am I. It's because of Jerusalem, is' it? One does' go to Jerusalem, one returns to it. That's one of its mysteries." - Elie Wiesel

"You're shaking ... so am I. It's because of Jerusalem, isn't it? One doesn't go to Jerusalem, one returns to it. That's one of its mysteries." - Elie Wiesel

"I returned to Jerusalem, and it is by virtue of Jerusalem that I have written all that God has put into my heart and into my pen." - Shmuel Yosef Agnon

"I am the last person who would divide Jerusalem. I have said this many times. I don't plan to discuss any division of Jerusalem." - Ariel Sharon

"I sometimes think of Las Vegas as the Jerusalem of chance. A holy city." - Frank Scoblete

"After all my possessions had been burned, God gave me the wisdom to return to Jerusalem." - Shmuel Y. Agnon

"But always I regarded myself as one who was born in Jerusalem." - Shmuel Y. Agnon

"Anyone who relinquishes a single inch of Jerusalem is neither an Arab nor a Muslim." - Yasser Arafat

"Israel must withdraw from Jerusalem so that it becomes the capital of a state of Palestine." - Yasser Arafat

"You ought to let the Jews have Jerusalem; it was they who made it famous." - Winston Churchill

"Martyrs, martyrs, martyrs,... we want a million martyrs to march on Jerusalem." - Yasser Arafat

"Jerusalem the golden, with milk and honey blessed, beneath thy contemplation sink heart and voice oppressed." - John Mason Neale

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and thine own soul shall be refreshed." - Charles Spurgeon

"In Tel Aviv the weekends last 48 hours. In Jerusalem they last 6 months." - Ze'ev Chafets

"I always wanted to open a delicatessen in Jerusalem and call it 'Cheeses of Nazareth'." - Sandi Toksvig

"When will Labour learn that you cannot build Jerusalem in Brussels." - Margaret Thatcher

"We will make the lives of the infidels hell - millions of martyrs marching on Jerusalem." - Yasser Arafat

"The prophet Zechariah warns that any nation that touches Jerusalem will be cut off." - David Wilkerson

"(Hezekiah) himself, like a caged bird, I shut up in Jerusalem, his royal city." - Sennacherib

"If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning." - Bible

"A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves." - Bible

"The Imam said that this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time." - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

"This regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time." - Ruhollah Khomeini

"Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided." - Barack Obama

"But always I regarded myself as one who was born in Jerusalem." - Shmuel Yosef Agnon

"After all my possessions had been burned, God gave me the wisdom to return to Jerusalem." - Shmuel Yosef Agnon

"Jerusalem is a time bomb that I fear is just waiting to go off." - Abdallah Ii Of Jordan

"I look at Jerusalem as being a beacon for the three monotheistic religions." - Abdallah Ii Of Jordan

"Jerusalem is a time bomb that I fear is just waiting to go off." - Abdallah II

"I look at Jerusalem as being a beacon for the three monotheistic religions." - Abdallah II

"It is not being in Jerusalem, but living a good life there that is praiseworthy." - St Jerome

"A nation has the capacity to choose its own capital city, and Jerusalem is Israel's capital." - Mitt Romney

"I feel most strongly about Jerusalem, because architects ultimately have to address that city." - Ben Nicholson

"After all, I think Jerusalem is part of the, of the world's heritage." - King Hussein

"The Jewish connection to Jerusalem is an ancient and powerful one. Judaism made Jerusalem a holy city over three thousand years ago and through all that time Jews remained steadfast to it." - Daniel Pipes

"Evangelism was not a program in the Jerusalem church; it was a way of life. The believers' lives and behaviors created such favor with the population of Jerusalem that people we drawn to the Lord." - David Jeremiah

"In the din and tumult of the age, the still small voice of Jerusalem remains our only music." - Israel Zangwill

"Jerusalem has been our capital for 3,000 years and it's going to be our capital for eternity" - Naftali Bennett

"The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum." - Havelock Ellis

"Israel's days without Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip are gone and will not return." - Yitzhak Shamir

"The goal is the developed Kingdom of God, the New Jerusalem, a world order under God's law." - R.J. Rushdoony

"Here (Jerusalem), tears do not weaken the eyes, they only polish and shine the hardness of faces like stone." - Yehuda Amichai

"The Book of Revelation is a description of one path to the New Jerusalem, but this scenario is not inevitable." - Barbara Marx Hubbard

"Israel's days without Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip are gone and will not return." - Yitzhak Shamir

"The new film I'm shooting in Jerusalem - which is partly why I'm here in Israel - is something I co-wrote." - Meital Dohan

"From here, our people begin the march towards establishing an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital" - Mahmoud Abbas

"We will never recognize the usurper Zionist government and will continue our jihad-like movement until the liberation of Jerusalem." - Ismail Haniyeh

"We differ on several issues. And this may include settlement, the release of prisoners, the wall closing institutions in Jerusalem." - Mahmoud Abbas

"The victory march will continue until the Palestinian flag flies in Jerusalem and in all of Palestine." - Yasser Arafat

"The Palestinian Rifle is ready and we will aim it if they try to prevent us from praying in Jerusalem." - Yasser Arafat

"The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum." - Thomas Paine

"Who cares about that stuff? This is America, not Jerusalem. I'm an American. Let Harry be a Jew." - Arnold Rothstein

"Israel's days without Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip are gone and will not return." - Yitzhak Shamir

"The Obama administration has consistently refused to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli territory, let alone as the capital of Israel." - Ben Shapiro

"Through a historical catastrophe - the destruction of Jerusalem by the emperor of Rome - I was born in one of the cities in the diaspora. But I always deemed myself a child of Jerusalem, one who is in reality a native of Jerusalem." - Shmuel Yosef Agnon

"We believe strongly that the road to peace and two states living side by side does not go through New York, it goes through Jerusalem and Ramallah." - Hillary Clinton

"To open the Bible is to open a window toward Jerusalem, as Daniel did (6:10), no matter where our exile may have taken us." - N T Wright

"Why should these Palestinians, who have lived in Jerusalem for hundreds of years, be evicted from their homes so that Jews from Brooklyn can live in them?" - Norman Finkelstein

"Let every Christian, as much as in him lies, engage himself openly and publicly, before all the World, in some mental pursuit for the Building up of Jerusalem." - William Blake

"Born in Jerusalem, Wadie Said went from being a dragoman to a salesman in the United States and thence to a hugely successful businessman in Egypt." - Penelope Lively

"Our course heavenward is something like the plan of the zealous pilgrims to Jerusalem of old, who for every three steps forward took one backward." - Jean Paul

"Behind, he hears Time's iron gates close faintly, He is now far from them; For he has reached the city of the saintly, The New Jerusalem." - James Drummond Burns

"The Olivet Discourse is not about the Second Coming of Christ. It is a prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70." - David Chilton

"The Palestinian state is within our grasp. Soon the Palestinian flag will fly on the walls, the minarets and the cathedrals of Jerusalem." - Yasser Arafat

"England! awake! awake! awake! Jerusalem thy sister calls! Why wilt thou sleep the sleep of death And close her from thy ancient walls?" - William Blake

"From here [the Gaza withdrawal], our people begin the march towards establishing an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital" - Mahmoud Abbas

"Infants, I note with envy, are receptive to enjoyment in a degree not attained by adults this side of the new Jerusalem." - Margaret Halsey

"You can't simply redefine Jerusalem. The Palestinian claim is based on legality, on the international recognition that the situation created by the war in '67 is not valid." - Hanan Ashrawi

"Everybody knows we're entitled to one Jerusalem. History reveals very simply that this is our land from the days of the Bible." - Jackie Mason

"Last Vegas is a counterfeit version of the New Jerusalem. And it shares something of the glorious reality that it mocks." - Richard J. Mouw

"For me, Jerusalem was united, will be under Israel sovereignty, will be the capital of Israel and the heart of the Jewish people." - Yitzhak Rabin

"Arab sovereignty in Jerusalem just cannot be. This city will not be divided - not half and half, not 60-40, not 75-25, nothing." - Golda Meir

"The blind man sits in the dark, but for guests he turns on the light. 12 Years Before Now, In Jerusalem, the Skies are Lower (1991)." - Avner Strauss

"To bend down for money is OK, but to bow is not. Introduction to Money, Power, and Honor, In Jerusalem, the Skies are Lower (1989)." - Avner Strauss

"I will not cease from mental fight, Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand, Till we have built Jerusalem, In England's green and pleasant land." - William Blake

"I swear to God, I will see, whether as a martyr or alive. Please, God, give me the honor of becoming a martyr in the fight for Jerusalem." - Yasser Arafat

"England! awake! awake! awake! Jerusalem thy sister calls! Why wilt thou sleep the sleep of death And close her from thy ancient walls?" - William Blake

"I found that each time I opened my camera and filmed Jerusalem, its image was overtaking what I wanted to express." - Danae Elon

"For me to propose a division of Jerusalem was really terrible. I did it because I reached a conclusion that without which there will not be peace." - Ehud Olmert

"The Amorites founded Jerusalem, they formed the Nordic weft in later Galilee, that is, in the "pagan region" whence some day Jesus was to come." - Alfred Rosenberg

"Jerusalem Syndrome is actually a rare psychological condition that occurs to some visitors to the Middle East. They get to Israel and just snap." - Marc Maron

"I would never call Jerusalem beautiful or comfortable or consoling. But there's something about it that you can't turn away from." - Pico Iyer

"A return to the 1967 lines and the abandonment of the settlements near Jerusalem would be such a psychological trauma for Israel as to endanger its survival." - Henry A Kissinger

"Jerusalem is a festival and a lamentation. Its song is a sigh across the ages, a delicate, robust, mournful psalm at the great junction of spiritual cultures." - David K Shipler

"I don't think the area of Jerusalem should be part of a Jewish state; it belongs to all people, to Christians and Muslims and the Jewish people." - Patti Smith

"When I was a kid, there was always food to be had on the street in Jerusalem, but anything above a falafel stand was mediocre or worse." - Yotam Ottolenghi

"Jerusalem artichokes have a great affinity with nuts. I love them with chopped walnuts or almonds, lemon juice, garlic, herbs and plenty of olive oil." - Yotam Ottolenghi

"I never thought I'd live to see the day that an American administration would denounce the state of Israel for rebuilding Jerusalem." - Mike Pence

"Every Israeli government since 1967, of left or right, has asserted that Jerusalem is Israel's capital and has allowed Israeli Jews to build there." - Elliott Abrams

"Olmert made a proposal on the governing of Jerusalem that I do not believe his cabinet or the Knesset would have accepted." - Elliott Abrams

"The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Arab sovereignty in Jerusalem just cannot be. This city will not be divided-not half and half, not 60-40, not 75-25, nothing." - Golda Meir

"Jordan recognizes that east Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian state and Jordan rejects foreign sovereignty - Israeli sovereignty - over the holy sites" - Yasser Arafat

"Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided."Truth: Obama later said, "This was an example where we had some poor phrasing in the speech and we immediately tried to correct the interpretation that was given. The point we were simply making was, is that we don't want barbed wire running through Jerusalem." - Barack Obama

"Like most novelists, I like to do exactly the opposite of what I'm told. It's in my nature as a novelist. Novelists can't trust anything they haven't seen with their own eyes or touched with their own hands. (Jerusalem Prize acceptance speech, JERUSALEM POST, Feb. 15, 2009)" - Haruki Murakami

"My wife once said that one of her great ambitions was to walk down the streets of Hong Kong with her children. So we all went to Asia on one occasion. Then she said she'd like to walk down the streets of Jerusalem with her children. So we arranged our family finances and all went to Jerusalem." - Gordon B Hinckley

"Jerusalem (1804) And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England's mountains green And was the holy lamb of God On England's pleasant pastures seen And did the countenance divine Shine forth upon our clouded hills And was Jerusalem builded here Among those dark Satanic mills Bring me my bow of burning gold Bring me my arrows of desire Bring me my spears o'clouds unfold Bring me my chariot of fire I will not cease from mental fight Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand 'Til we have built Jerusalem In England's green and pleasant land" - William Blake

"The solution is this: There will be a state of Palestine in all of the Occupied Territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The Green Line, the border that existed before 1967, will come into being again. Jerusalem will be the shared capital - East Jerusalem will be the capital of Palestine, West Jerusalem will be the capital of Israel. All settlements must be evacuated. The security must be arranged for both people, and there must be a moral solution and a practical solution." - Uri Avnery

"Jews have always yearned for Jerusalem, from which they'd been exiled many times, but they also yearned for each and every one of the countries where they had been persecuted and where their ancestors once lived and are still buried." - Phyllis Chesler

"The entrance into Jerusalem has all the elements of the theatre of the absurd: the poor king; truth comes riding on a donkey; symbolic actions - even parading without a permit!" - David Edward Kirk

"No man saw the building of the New Jerusalem, the workmen crowded together, the unfinished walls and unpaved streets; no man heard the clink of trowel and pickaxe; it descended out of heaven from God." - John Robert Seeley

"The protesters, in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv, revealed an open and raw wound at the heart of Israeli society, the pain of a community crying out over a sense of discrimination, racism, and of being unanswered." - Reuven Rivlin

"We will never agree to give up Jerusalem, a united city under Israeli sovereignty, and only Israeli. We will not accept a terrorist Palestinian state, we will not accept an agreement based on the 67 lines." - Naftali Bennett

"As a result of the historic catastrophe in which Titus of Rome destroyed Jerusalem and Israel was exiled from its land, I was born in one of the cities of the Exile." - Shmuel Y. Agnon

"At Jerusalem, I went to the mosque and sat down. A man asked me what I wanted. I told him I was a Muslim. Now I realize I can get direct contact with God, unlike Christianity or any other religion." - Cat Stevens

"Perhaps areas of Israel where current large Palestinian populations and demographic realities exist could be exchanged for Israeli expansion into the West Bank to include most of East Jerusalem" - Geraldo Rivera

"Christians, hasten to help your brothers in the East, for they are being attacked. Arm for the rescue of Jerusalem under your captain Christ. Wear his cross as your badge. If you are killed your sins will be pardoned." - Pope Urban II

"Did you think that the missionary path was all glory? Than you have not read of God's greatest Messenger to earth, who sat and wept over Jerusalem, crying out, ?I would... but ye would not.?" - Isobel Miller Kuhn

"There were only a few shepherds at the first Bethlehem. The ox and the donkey understood more of the first Christmas than the high priests in Jerusalem. And it is the same today." - Thomas Merton

"Violence has to end. And Israelis have a bright to defend themselves against any violence that is attacking innocent people with a knife in the old city in Jerusalem or elsewhere. No country should be under siege like that." - John F Kerry

"Jerusalem has been - and for many, still is - a metaphor for destruction and the vengeance of an offended God. She is the city where believers have killed unbelievers to give life to faith." - Amos Elon

"Jerusalem is ... the fabled city which for the Western mind is as much dream as stone ... a compressed symbol of our most sublime aspirations along with our most disgusting, hatefully brainless excursions into religious bigotry and fratricide." - Arthur Miller

"Even if only one guerilla cub survives the prolonged struggle, I am confident that he will raise the flag of Palestine overJerusalem... Jerusalem is destined to be the eternal capital of our sovereign, independent Palestinian state under the P.L.O. leadership." - Yasser Arafat

"I really do believe in the New Jerusalem. I really do believe that we can all become better than we are. I know we can. But the price is enormous and people are not yet willing to pay it." - James A Baldwin

"We considered ourselves Jordanian until the Jews returned to Jerusalem. Then all of the sudden we were Palestinians - they removed the star from the Jordanian flag and all at once we had a Palestinian flag." - Walid Shoebat

"I regard this conclusion as coming in the same sort of category, of historical probability so high as to be virtually certain, as the death of Augustus in AD 14 or the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70" - N T Wright

"We regard it as our duty to declare that Jewish Jerusalem is an organic and inseparable part of the State of Israel, as it is an inseparable part of the history of Israel, of the faith of Israel." - David Ben-Gurion

"The Partition of Palestine is illegal. It will never be recognized .... Jerusalem was and will for ever be our capital. Eretz Israel will be restored to the people of Israel. All of it. And for Ever." - Menachem Begin

"I am a Christian. He who answers thus has declared everything at once-his country, profession, family; the believer belongs to no city on earth but to the heavenly Jerusalem." - Saint John Chrysostom

"Now, my father Matthias was not only eminent on account of is nobility, but had a higher commendation on account of his righteousness, and was in great reputation in Jerusalem, the greatest city we have." - Josephus

"But the people of the church in Jerusalem had been commanded by a revelation, vouchsafed to approved men there before the war, to leave the city and to dwell in a certain town of Perea called Pella." - Eusebius

"The resurrection proclamation could not have been maintained in Jerusalem for a single day, for a single hour, if the emptiness of the tomb had not been established as a fact." - Paul Althaus

"When Christ entered into Jerusalem the people spread garments in the way: when He enters into our hearts, we pull off our own righteousness, and not only lay it under Christ's feet but even trample upon it ourselves." - Augustus Toplady

"Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form." - Victor Hugo

"I really do believe in the New Jerusalem. I really do believe that we can all become better than we are. I know we can. But the price is enormous and people are not yet willing to pay it." - James A Baldwin

"No city in the world, not even Athens or Rome, ever played as great a role in the life of a nation for so long a time, as Jerusalem has done in the life of the Jewish people." - David Ben-Gurion

"I don't believe that in the name of the holiness of the city you have to put barbed wires, machine gun nests, mine pins and everything of that, in the name of the holiness of Jerusalem." - Yitzhak Rabin

"I invite President Assad to come to Jerusalem and to speak with me, with our parliament, with whomever he wants to speak in Israel and in the territories among the Palestinians." - Yitzhak Rabin

"We are committed to free access and free practice, to the members of the other two religions, to the holy shrines in Jerusalem. To the Muslims, to the Christians." - Yitzhak Rabin

"My first memory as a child growing up is of playing in the gardens, the mosque is really a gigantic garden, probably the biggest in all of East Jerusalem. Our house was about 100 meters from the mosque." - Rula Jebreal

"Look at the Intifadah in Jerusalem. One cannot understand that phenomenon, a phenomenon where people, often very young boys, are successfully harassing one of the best armies in the world, without appreciating their freedom to move!" - Paul Virilio

"If the Americans do move the embassy to Jerusalem, and eventually the rest of the world follows suit, it will mark the end of Palestinian hopes for a two-state solution." - Lawrence Davidson

"Did you think that the missionary path was all glory? Than you have not read of God's greatest Messenger to earth, who sat and wept over Jerusalem, crying out, 'I would... but ye would not.'" - Isobel Miller Kuhn

"The place of my novels is Israel, almost without exception. All of them take place in Israel - in Jerusalem, in the desert, in the kibbutz, in small towns, in villages." - Amos Oz

"Some people think God is going to guide those humans. The Oneida community and the Shakers both believed that they had received revelations about how to build the New Jerusalem that the Bible says is coming" - Christine Jennings

"It is written that 'All Jews are responsible for one another,' and a Jew who lives in Siberia or in Kamchatka is just as good as a Jew who had the good fortune to be born in Jerusalem." - Lev Leviev

"The goal of the Jewish Masonic elite is to establish dictatorial Illuministic Communism and to enslave all mankind under the thumb of a Jewish master race led by a world messiah who is to rule from Jerusalem." - Texe Marrs

"he 50th anniversary of the bitter and distressing historical catastrophe of the establishment of the state of the grandsons of apes and pigs - the Zionist Jews - on the land of Palestine and Jerusalem." - Hassan Nasrallah



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