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Israeli-Palestinian conflict shifts ominously toward religious war
Israeli-Palestinian conflict shifts ominously toward religious war

Guarded by a phalanx of riot police, the knot of young Jewish men, long sidelocks blowing in the breeze, strode across the paved esplanade of Jerusalem's most sensitive religious site. A group of veiled and black-robed Muslim women leaped up to confront them, rhythmically chanting: "Allahu akbar!" — "God is great!" Scenes like this one, playing out recently on a windy hilltop in Jerusalem's walled Old City, illustrate the antagonism that has long colored the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Now, though, the overtly religious elements of what had long been primarily a national and territorial struggle appear to be coming to the fore. In the Middle East,...

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