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           AnaRina Kreisman
           Director: Align With Zion
              erusalem was rated the fastest-growing   “Go through, go through the gates, clear ye   following the Balfour Declaration. After yet
              tourist destination in 2019, with Israel   the way of the people; cast up, cast up the   another 50-year cycle, the city was reunited in
              welcoming a record-breaking 4.55 million   highway, gather out the stones; lift up an   1967. It, therefore, came as no surprise that
              tourists.  Then  COVID  struck  and  all  the   ensign over the peoples.” - Isaiah 62:10.  after a third Jubilee cycle, President Trump
           Jgates closed. Many were left with a deep                              officially  acknowledged  Jerusalem  as  the
           yearning to return  to Jerusalem. Slowly the   Israel is preparing itself for this reality, as the   Eternal Capital of the Jewish People in 2017.
           dark cloud of COVID and mandates lifted, and   world’s focus is drawn toward Jerusalem.
           the trickle of tourists returned to a full-stream   Unbeknownst  to  most,  the  true  location  of   In the same decade that Jerusalem was
           river.                             ancient Biblical Jerusalem, the City of David –   rediscovered in the 1860s, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda
                                                                                  resuscitated the Hebrew language. During that
           In the meantime, more and more building   situated 200 yards south and outside the walls   time, we witnessed the first Aliyah wave as the
           cranes have started to sprout up all over the   of what is known today as the Old City – was   Jewish people started their return to the Land
           Holy City and the highways are continually   only rediscovered by Sir Charles Warren 150   of Israel.
           under construction to compensate for the   years ago,  that’s  three  jubilee cycles ago, in
           rapid growth. But this should not come   1867. The actual location faded slowly into   All of these historic events are deeply
           as  a  shock.  After  all,  urban  planners  were   obscurity over a 2,000-year period.   interlinked with each other.
           sufficiently  forewarned  about  this  –  2,800   Fifty years after the city’s rediscovery in 1867,   “And many peoples shall go and say: 'Come
           years ago! The memo itself can be found on   Britain’s  General  Edmund  Allenby  liberated   and let us go up to the mountain of the L-RD,
           every Bible believer’s bookshelf.  Jerusalem from the Ottomans in 1917,   to the House of the G-d of Jacob; and He

                        Going up to


                                                                                                  View to the Old City.
                                                                                                  Photo: Noam Chen, IMOT
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