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"It will take time to put things back together again," he told me. "We have a human problem here, not just an ad ministrative one. Administratively the city is already unified; we've kept the Arab police and all but the elected offi cials of the old town (the political men dared not or would not join us), and we work through them. "Sanitation, electricity, telephone all these services function normally in Arab Jerusalem, and we've doubled its water supply. Schools are open, with books and curriculums based on those used by Arabs in Israel. "It was a cruel war," the mayor con tinued. "The Arabs want us to vanish, or be driven out. Of course! But we take a straightforward approach: 'Talk as you please about us,' we say, 'but we're here, so let's try to get along.' And the Arab headmen come in and talk about problems. "One problem is that Israel is a high tax, high-service country. Jordan is just the opposite, and so was Jordanian Je rusalem. Not all our normal services are yet available there, so we'll raise taxes gradually. It will be four years before the Arabs pay what we do. When they do, they should have all the advantages we have. We have a much higher stand ard of living than Jordan, and the Jeru salem Arabs know that. They will be better off. But not right away." "I've met some pretty pessimistic Arabs, Mr. Kollek," I said. "And you'll meet more. Some have legitimate complaints-the upper-class, professional people in particular. Others will tell you lies-lies they've come to believe. Like the one that says that half the people of the Old City have run away. The true figure is about 6 per cent, and we wish it were less. We don't Unearthing the past: Archeologists, in a 35-foot-deep trench along the southern wall of the Noble Enclosure, reveal great blocks that date from the time of Herod's Temple. Student vol unteers of Professor Binyamin Mazar of Hebrew University examine the 1,500-pound blocks, foreground, cut to fit perfectly without mortar. 856 KODACHROME© N.G.S .