This article examines the gradual conversion of the areas surrounding
the Old City of Jerusalem and spaces overlooking the Temple
Mount into national symbolic landscape. Within this space, ancient Jewish
sites function as national monuments, tied together through landscaping.
A continuum of space and time is gradually being created in the
shadow of Muslim and Christian monuments, in stark contrast to the Palestinian
neighborhoods. The visual and textual symbolism and imagery
that accompany the space emphasize the memory of the absent Jewish
Temple. Thus, the creation of national symbolic landscape is simultaneously
the creation of a new ‘Holy Geography’ and the replacement of
traditional forms of Jewish memory by tangible and visual memory. The
absent Temple serves as a meta-image of this symbolic national landscape
and as the missing national monument, thus reflecting and promoting the
rise of a symbiosis between religious and national aspirations.