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The pope said the international community must take "a more determined role on the ground." International mediation, he continued, was required to create "the conditions for a fruitful dialogue between the two sides." The Palestinians have long sought international protection, but the Israelis have rejected such proposals, saying that outside peacekeeping forces would not stop Palestinian attacks.

This comes on the heels of a proposal at the July meeting of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe that Jerusalem be put under the control of an international consortium. Italian parliamentarian Marcello Pacini put forward the resolution out of fears that the Israelis, under international pressure, may eventually cede control of Christian holy sites to Muslim authorities. Yasir Arafat has already claimed guardianship of both Muslim and Christian holy sites in Old Jerusalem. The Israeli observer delegation at the OSCE meeting convinced Mr. Pacini to withdraw the resolution because they saw it as "problematic for Israel."

Keep watching Jerusalem, which is destined to become the center of world conflict (Zechariah 12:1-3 Zechariah 12:1-3 [1] The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, said the LORD, which stretches forth the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him. [2] Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. [3] And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
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). Major involvement by Europe, the Vatican and the Muslim world are all prophesied for the Holy City. (Sources: BBC.com, CNSNews.com.)