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The Monitor's View Fresh eyes on Jerusalem’s stubborn impasse

For too long, the issue of Muslim and Jewish access to their holy sites in Jerusalem’s Old City has been seen as intractable. But a new report suggests religious leaders can help solve what is at heart a religious issue.

REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A common notion among diplomats is that some problems are insoluble, and so must simply be managed. The status of Jerusalem’s Old City is one issue long seen as intractable, specifically access by Jews and Muslims to their respective sacred sites, the Temple Mount and the Noble Sanctuary, home of Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

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