Jerusalem: The Rising Cost of Peace


The goal of this paper is to analyze the factors that will contribute to shaping a resolution on Jerusalem and to evaluate the relative feasibility of achieving a political solution to the conflict at this specific juncture in time. Using the Clinton Parameters as a base point, we outline actions taken on the ground since 2000 on three interdependent levels: within the Jerusalem Municipality (within the annexation line); within the Historic Basin surrounding the Old City and the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif; and within Greater Jerusalem. We look at the state of affairs in 2000, actions taken between 2000 and the end of 2014 and developments occurring within the most recent two-year period.