Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The other news

In what can only be described as an extraordinarily important archeological discovery, Dr. Eilat Mazar working under the auspices of the Hebrew University in Israel has unearthed 3,000-year-old stone fortifications outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City.  The find offers additional supporting evidence for the biblical account of Solomon's Temple:
If the age of the wall is correct, the finding would be an indication that Jerusalem was home to a strong central government that had the resources and manpower needed to build massive fortifications in the 10th century BCE.  "It's the most significant construction we have from First Temple days in Israel," Mazar said on Monday. "And it means that at that time, the 10th century, in Jerusalem there was a regime capable of carrying out such construction."... "A comparison of this latest finding with city walls and gates from the period of the First Temple, as well as pottery found at the site, enable us to postulate, with a great degree of assurance, that the wall that has been revealed is that which was built by King Solomon in Jerusalem in the latter part of the tenth century BCE," she continued.

Photos of the excavations and pottery jars with the Hebrew inscription "To the King" can be seen here.

Reuters of course, does not cover this story because, we assume, it would distract from the Palestinian Arab narrative of a region which has always been part of the "Arab world".

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