Archive for the ‘Temple Mount’ Category
A team of Israeli archaeologists have reconstructed the floor tiles used in the biblical Temple of Herod the Great. The find marks a breakthrough in biblical archaeology, but also shows how the Jordanian Waqf, which controls the site, has been careless at best with the site’s Jewish heritage. In 1999, the Waqf which controls the Temple Mount (known as the Haram al-Sharif to Muslims), created a new entrance using bulldozers.
Benjamin Netanyahu: Jerusalem has and always will only be the capital of the Jewish people – Jerusalem Post
Jerusalem has historically only been the capital of the Jewish people, and so it will remain, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Sunday at the government’s official Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill.“We need to tell the truth, without fear,” Netanyahu said. “This is where we began our path as a nation, this is our home, and this is where we will stay.”Netanyahu, in comments that left no doubt as to whether he would agree to share the capital with a Palestinian state, said Israel will ensure that the city remains an open and tolerant city.“Only under Israeli rule will there be freedom of worship for all religions in Jerusalem,” he said. “Believers pray at their holy sites not in spite of our rule in the city, but precisely because of it.”The prime minister, who recalled growing up in a divided Jerusalem and catching a glimpse of the Old City through binoculars from certain vantage points in the capital, said it would never revert again to being “wounded and split.”“We will forever preserve an undivided Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty,” he said.
Report: Construction of footbridge to Temple Mount exacerbated geopolitical tensions – Arab-Israeli Conflict – Jerusalem Post
Israeli attempts last summer to construct a ramp to the Temple Mount resulted in heightened geopolitical tensions amid allegations of changes to the contested holy site’s status quo, according to a report published Thursday.The findings were produced by Emek Shaveh, an organization of archeologists and community activists, who study the role of archeology in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.While the report, entitled “Archeology in the Political Struggle Over the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif,” delineates significant changes on the Temple Mount and its surroundings since 1967, it focuses on the political fallout engendered by the government’s since-rescinded attempt to build the ramp to supplant the Mugrabi Bridge.According to the report, there were “unprecedented developments in the activities of the Israeli authorities around the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif,” last summer involving the controversial entrance.