What Did (and Didn't) Happen in Room 16 of the American Colony Hotel https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/israel-zionism/2019/12/what-did-and-didnt-happen-in-room-16-of-the-american-colony-hotel/

It’s said that the Oslo peace process was born in that room in Jerusalem in 1992. The truth is much different.

December 16, 2019 | Martin Kramer
About the author: Martin Kramer teaches Middle Eastern history and served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem, and is the Walter P. Stern fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem in 2009. Abir Sultan/Flash90.

A couple of months ago, my wife and I took a 24-hour vacation in Jerusalem, spent entirely at the historic American Colony, one of Jerusalem’s oldest hostelries. The hotel originated in a messianic Christian commune whose members had arrived from Chicago toward the end of the 19th century in anticipation of the Second Coming. While waiting, they diversified into economic activities, including hospitality. Over the last century-plus, the American Colony has hosted an A-list of dignitaries and celebrities from T.E. Lawrence (“of Arabia”) to the British rock star Sting.

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