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Israelis Have A Love-Hate Relationship With Jerusalem

One small apartment building near the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is emblematic of Israelis' mixed attitudes about the city.
An Israeli draped in the national flag walks past an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man in Jerusalem's Old City on May 13, as Israelis marked Jerusalem Day. Source: Menahem Kahana

A short walk from the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is a stone apartment building on a leafy street that might as well be a metaphor for Israelis' love-hate relationship with the city and its religious character.

On the ground floor, a religious Jewish Israeli man has moved in with his family. One floor up, a secular Jewish Israeli woman has moved out.

When President Trump moved the American Embassy from Tel Aviv, he said Jerusalem was "the capital of the Jewish people established in ancient times." The city is central in Jewish tradition. It is also revered by Christian and Muslim traditions. Palestinians rejected the embassy move, demanding their own capital in parts of the city Israel captured in 1967. Most countries do not base their embassies to

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