Nadav Shragai

Nadav Shragai is a senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He served as a journalist and commentator at Ha’aretz between 1983 and 2009, is currently a journalist and commentator at Israel Hayom, and has documented the dispute over Jerusalem for thirty years.  

His books include: Jerusalem: Delusions of Division (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2015); The Al-Aksa Is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2012); the ebook Jerusalem: Correcting the International Discourse – How the West Gets Jerusalem Wrong (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2012); At the Crossroads: The Story of Rachel’s Tomb (Gates for Jerusalem Studies, 2005); The Temple Mount Conflict (Keter, 1995); and the essay: “Jerusalem Is Not the Problem, It Is the Solution,” in Mr. Prime Minister: Jerusalem, Moshe Amirav, ed. (Carmel and Florsheimer Institute, 2005).

Publications by Nadav Shragai

Protecting the Status of the Temple Mount
in Jerusalem

The impact of the two waves of terror instigated by the Palestinians in 2014 and 2015 on the status quo on the Temple Mount is the major focus of this study. Read More »

The Disengagement: The Unanswered Question

Did Prime Minister Ariel Sharon implement this plan because he genuinely believed in it or were his motives based upon self-interest? Was his real aim to extricate himself from the criminal investigations against him? Read More »

Chapter 5: The Meaning of Division: The Municipal Perspective

Chapter 5: The Meaning of Division: The Municipal Perspective Chapter 5: The Meaning of Division: The Municipal Perspective In December 2000, the then-mayor of Jerusalem, Ehud Olmert, considered the possible effects of dividing Jerusalem on the fabric of life in […] Read More »

Chapter 3: The Security Significance of a Division

Chapter 3: The Security Significance of a Division Chapter 3: The Security Significance of a Division The tremendous efforts that have been required of the state of Israel to keep Jerusalem united and maintain its Jewish majority have been aimed […] Read More »

Chapter 4: The Danger to the Jewish and Christian Holy Places in Case of a Division

Chapter 4: The Danger to the Jewish and Christian Holy Places in Case of a Division Chapter 4: The Danger to the Jewish and Christian Holy Places in Case of a Division   Freedom of Worship and Access to the […] Read More »

Jerusalem: Delusions of Division – Introduction

Jerusalem: Delusions of Division – Introduction Introduction About the Book1 This book, which deals with the future of Jerusalem, was first published seven years ago with the title The Dangers of Division. After a wave of extreme Palestinian violence that […] Read More »

Preface to Jerusalem: Delusions of Division

Preface to Jerusalem: Delusions of Division Jerusalem divided, 1949-1967 Preface New Book Backed By New Polling   As the English edition of Jerusalem: Delusions of Division goes to print, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy has published remarkable findings of […] Read More »

Chapter 6: Separation in Jerusalem: The Legal Dimension

Chapter 6: Separation in Jerusalem: The Legal Dimension Chapter 6: Separation in Jerusalem: The Legal Dimension   The Existing Law According to existing Israeli law, and in line with Israeli Basic Law: Referendum that was passed on March 12, 2014, […] Read More »

Chapter 2: The Demographic Problem: A Different Approach

Chapter 2: The Demographic Problem: A Different Approach Chapter 2: The Demographic Problem: A Different Approach   One of the main claims of the supporters of division – or “separation from the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem” – is the demographic […] Read More »

Chapter 1: The Jewish People’s Right and Birthright in Jerusalem (the Historical-Religious Dispute)

Chapter 1: The Jewish People’s Right and Birthright in Jerusalem (the Historical-Religious Dispute) Chapter 1: The Jewish People’s Right and Birthright in Jerusalem(the Historical-Religious Dispute)1 The nature of this opening chapter, which focuses on the historical-religious dimension, may seem to […] Read More »

Jerusalem: Delusions of Division – Introduction

Dividing Jerusalem would deny the Jewish people’s right, connection and commitment to Jerusalem. Read More »

Jerusalem: Delusions of Division

Jerusalem: Delusions of Division cover

Dividing Jerusalem and subtracting its Arab neighborhoods is likely to cause much worse security problems. Read More »

The “Status Quo” on the Temple Mount

The old status quo on the Temple Mount has been greatly degraded. Read More »

The “Al-Aksa Is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie

Understanding Israeli Interests in the E1 Area: Contiguity, Security, and Jerusalem

Understanding Israeli Interests in the E1 Area: Contiguity, Security, and Jerusalem STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVES Understanding Israeli Interests in the E1 Area: Contiguity, Security, and Jerusalem Nadav Shragai     Why This Study Was Written The Israeli building program known as E1 […] Read More »

The “Al-Aksa is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie

Palestinians often hear from their leaders that a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem, al-Aksa mosque, is in danger of collapse – and the Jews are to blame. Read More »

Understanding Israeli Interests in the E1 Area: Contiguity, Security, and Jerusalem

The Israeli building program known as E1 (East-1), situated between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim, has been on the Israeli and world agenda for twenty years. It is subject to a severe Israeli-Palestinian dispute and prompts strong international
opposition. Read More »

The “Al-Aksa is in Danger” Libel: The History of a Lie

The modern blood libel “Al-Aksa is in danger” has come to be regarded as unalloyed truth by millions in the Muslim world. Read More »

The “Al-Aksa Is in Danger” Libel:
The History of a Lie

The modern blood libel “Al-Aksa is in danger,” referring to the Al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, originated in the days of Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, ally of Hitler, and is propagated today by Sheikh Raed Salah, Hamas, Hizbullah, Iran, and many others in the Muslim world. Now that it has come to be regarded as unalloyed truth by millions in the Muslim world, it is urgent to address this lie.

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The Mughrabi Gate to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem: The Urgent Need for a Permanent Access Bridge

In 2004, ascent to the Mughrabi Gate of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem collapsed and was replaced by a temporary wooden bridge. Read More »

Rachel’s Tomb, a Jewish Holy Place, Was Never a Mosque

Rachel’s Tomb, located some 460 meters south of Jerusalem’s municipal boundary, has been identified for over 1,700 years as the grave of the Jewish matriarch Rachel. Read More »

Rachel’s Tomb, a Jewish Holy Place, Was Never a Mosque

UNESCO has declared that Rachel’s Tomb near Jerusalem is a mosque – endorsing a Palestinian claim that first surfaced only in 1996 and which ignores centuries of Muslim tradition.
Rachel’s Tomb never served as a mosque for the Muslims. It has been identified for over 1,700 years as the grave of the Jewish matriarch Rachel. The depiction of Rachel’s Tomb has appeared in thousands of Jewish religious books, paintings, photographs, stamps, and works of art. Read More »

Demography, Geopolitics, and the Future of Israel’s Capital: Jerusalem’s Proposed Master Plan

The planned inventory of Jewish housing in Jerusalem does not meet expected needs for 2020, while the planned inventory of Arab housing will suffice until at least 2030. Read More »

Jerusalem: Dangers of Division

A principal argument of those who support the division of Israel’s capital is the need to improve the city’s demographic balance between Jews and Arabs in favor of Jews. Read More »

The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem: Why Continued Israeli Control Is Vital

The Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, that the Palestinians demand to transfer to their control, is the most important Jewish cemetery in the world. The area has constituted a religious and national pantheon for the Jewish people and the State of Israel, containing the tombs of the illustrious dead of the nation over the course of 3,000 years. Read More »

The U.S.-Israeli Dispute over Building in Jerusalem: The Sheikh Jarrah-Shimon HaTzadik Neighborhood

The Sheikh Jarrah-Mt. Scopus area – the focus of a dispute between the Obama administration and Israel over building housing units in the Shepherd Hotel compound – has been a mixed Jewish-Arab area for many years. Many observers incorrectly assume that Jerusalem is comprised of two ethnically homogenous halves: Jewish western Jerusalem and Arab eastern Jerusalem. Yet in the eastern part of Jerusalem there are today some 200,000 Jews and 270,000 Arabs living in intertwined neighborhoods. Read More »

Protecting the Contiguity of Israel: The E-1 Area

The completion of the E-1 construction plan would not cut the West Bank in half and undermine Palestinian contiguity. Read More »

The European Union Report on Jerusalem: Distortions and Omissions

An imbalanced EU position paper on Jerusalem written in December 2008, and recently leaked to the media, completely ignores Israel’s historical and legal rights to its capital. The EU attack refers primarily to the City of David, located just beyond Jerusalem’s Old City walls, an area identified by archaeologists and historians as the location of King David’s capital some 3,000 years ago. Read More »

Releasing Terrorists: New Victims Pay the Price

According to an informal estimate by Israeli security bodies, about 50 percent of the terrorists freed for any reason whatsoever returned to the path of terror, either as a perpetrator, a planner, or as an accomplice. In the terror acts committed by these freed terrorists, hundreds of Israelis were murdered, and thousands were wounded. Read More »

The Latest Damage to Antiquities on the Temple Mount

In the summer of 2007, the Muslim Waqf in Jerusalem requested authorization to dig a ditch dozens of meters long to replace power lines on the Temple Mount. Subsequently, the Israel Antiquities Authority issued details about the uncovering of a “sealed stratum of human activity,” a layer of earth with pottery shards found broken in situ, where they had remained without change since the days of the First Temple. Read More »

Jerusalem: Dangers of Division

The main reason for the decrease in the Jewish majority in Jerusalem is that large numbers of Jews are leaving the city. Read More »

The Palestinian Authority and the Jewish Holy Sites in the West Bank:
Rachel’s Tomb as a Test Case

Rachel’s Tomb lies on the northern outskirts of Bethlehem, about 460 meters (about 500 yards) south of the Jerusalem municipal border, and for more than 1,700 years has been identified as the tomb of the matriarch Rachel. In 2000, after hundreds of years of recognizing the site as Rachel’s Tomb, Muslims began calling it the “Bilal ibn Rabah mosque” – a claim that ignored Ottoman decrees that gave Jews the right of access to the site at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Read More »