These are dangerous times in the Holy Land. The Jerusalem Paradox was painted five years after TheJerusalem Factor, and much has changed. The sun has set on hopes for peace and the mood is somber. The hopeful planner from the earlier painting now stands outside while the new planner holds a military chart showing troop and gunnery positions. Known as the City of Peace, Jerusalem remains a key to the fighting and violence. The ominous figure in the background has moved even closer but there’s always hope if you know where to look. Jerusalem is always an optimistic city.