chapter  13
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Armistice in Jerusalem Once Again?

Although Jerusalem has changed rapidly and considerably since the 1967 War and reunification, one still has a lingering sense of the legacy of the bygone Armistice Regime. New Israeli neighborhoods have grown up as satellite towns all around the core of the city beyond the old demarcation line; development has dramatically altered the network of services throughout the city; Mount Scopus, now connected to the city by a major network of highways, has been rebuilt into a mammoth fortress-campus which accommodates the Hebrew University and the Hadassah Hospital; new roads and highways have been paved to criss-cross the city and link its new neighborhoods; what was a formidable array of military positions and fortifications has turned into sprawling housing projects; free access to the holy places of all faiths has been made available to all; new museums, shopping malls, entertainment centers and places of worship have sprouted everywhere; tourism has picked up considerably; and a general feeling of content originating from an upgraded standard of living is perceptible, in spite of the fact that the population doubled between 1967 and 1987 (from just under 300,000 in both parts of the divided city to more than 600,000 within the unified municipal boundaries).