Daniella CheslowMay 19, 2010 07:53Updated May 30, 2010 13:32
JERICHO, Israel — Jericho claims to be the oldest city in the world, where Joshua is said to have made the walls come tumbling down and where King Herod the Great built his winter palaces.
In more recent times, Jericho was the winter seat of the Jerusalem and Amman aristocracy. Yet a globalized Palestinian elite coupled with a volatile political situation turned Jericho into a provincial has-been resort town. Efforts to reinvent the city in the 1990s foundered during the Second Intifada.