Throughout history, Jerusalem's role as a capital has varied. David made it a compromise capital to appease all of the tribes of Israel. Other conquerors made it a regional capital or, as in the case of the Arabs, a noncapital. More recently, the city has functioned as a peripheral capital, a divided capital, and a forward capital. To overcome its current status as a capital of conflict, proposals have been made to make the city either a united and undivided capital, a shared capital, a former capital, or an international capital. New and creative measures are needed to ensure that Jerusalem can become a capital of peace.
Key Words: capitals, Israel, Jerusalem, Palestine, political geography.
DR. EMMETT is an assistant professor of geography at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 846025526.
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