I was puzzled over the news that Egypt is suing Israel for compensation for shares of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. While it is not the first time Egypt has brought a suit over the Hotel to the Israeli court, it does not make a lot of sense. After all the initial investor and builder of the Hotel, Ezra Mosseri, an Egyptian Jew, funded 96% of the hotel with private funds. The King David Hotel, which opened its doors in January 1931, has a long and fascinating history, and was bombed by the Jewish group Irgun Zevai Leum, headed by Begin in 1946 (photo below). It was established upon a strong commercial agenda of serving tourists of all religions seeking luxury and comfort on a level previously unknown in Palestine. A palatial grand hotel, it was styled according to the European conventions of eclectic historicism, offering a biblical staging for cosmopolitan travelers seeking luxury, escape, and leisure while touring the holy city.The most theatrical, splendid, and publicized of all Palestine hotels, the King David was described as “certainly the most beautiful in the Orient, realizing in a modern form the image of the palace of Solomon,” consolidating “the charm of the Orient with the luxury of the Occident.” To read more about its political and design legacy, in my paper, published in the Journal of Israeli History.