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Published online: May 30, 2010

Jerusalem: Legal Status, Condominium and Middle East Peace

Jordie Saperia
York University
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Any diplomatic process that is serious about achieving a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians must provide an answer to the question: what to do about Jerusalem? The city is ground zero for the Middle East conflict. It is holy to the world's three great monotheistic religions-Judaism, Christianity and Islam. And, with a new U.S. president committed to tackling the Middle East peace process, the question of how to deal with Jerusalem is rendered all the more pertinent and timely. A lesser-known proposition for solving the Jerusalem question is based on an idea in international law called "condominium." The purpose of this Article is to analyze the condominium model as a solution to the Jerusalem question. The conclusion of this Article is that, in the present circumstances, the condominium model is not a compelling template for resolving the territorial dispute over Jerusalem.

Keywords : Jerusalem, Condominium, Middle East, Holy Places, Judaism, Christianity, Islam

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