Jerusalem is one of the most exciting destinations in the Middle East, and many people flock there every year for the city’s unique landscape, which is made up of thousands of hills, many of which are protected by Israeli control.
But as Israel’s ongoing conflict with the Palestinians continues, many Israelis are wondering if Jerusalem will continue to remain a city that celebrates its Jewish identity.
Here’s a look at what is happening in the holy city, including what’s happening right now.
Jerusalem has been under Israeli military rule since 1967, and there have been several Israeli military actions against the city in the past decade.
Israel’s new president, Avigdor Lieberman, is leading a coalition of right-wing Israelis who want to re-establish a Palestinian state, which has been considered a precondition for a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.
In 2015, Israeli authorities closed the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, to the public and the surrounding area, and in 2016, the city also was shut down after a rocket attack that killed three people.
Israeli authorities have also recently imposed strict restrictions on the entry of Palestinians to the city, particularly in the city center.
But the latest developments have not deterred many Israelis who have come to enjoy Jerusalem’s vibrant culture and lifestyle, including concerts, festivals, and even a weekly festival that brings people together to watch films and play music.
Jericho has become a popular destination for tourists and Israeli visitors, and is one that many Israelis have come back to, according to a poll conducted by Jerusalem-based Israel-based research company Tel Aviv-based pollster Tel Aviv University.
About one in four Israelis said they visited Jerusalem last year, and that number grew to five in the latest Tel Aviv survey, which was conducted by telephone.
Israelis are also eager to return to their ancestral city of Jerusalem.
Some 3.3 million Israelis live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and over a third of the city is under Israeli control, which Israel claims as its capital.
More than one-third of the Palestinians living in Jerusalem, known as the “Third Territories,” are Palestinian refugees from the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, which saw Israel take over the entirety of the West, including East Jerusalem.
Since 1967, Israel has maintained a total of six settlements in the contested West Bank, and has repeatedly annexed parts of the Palestinian territories that are under the jurisdiction of international law.
Israel also maintains control over parts of Gaza, which it also calls the “Gaza Strip,” and over the West bank, which Israeli authorities say is under Palestinian control.
The Israeli government has accused Hamas of operating in the occupied territories, and the group’s military wing, the Popular Resistance Committees, has repeatedly called for attacks against Israeli targets in the Occupied Territories.