by Nadav Shragai
-- the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and its holy sites first and foremost relies on the Bible, "our mandate to the Land of Israel," as our first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion put it
The UNESCO resolution that casts doubt on the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall is so untrue, so idiotic and baseless that one's immediate reaction is to refer to Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook's response to the Shaw Commission when he was asked more than 80 years ago to prove Jewish ties to these sites. He told them that the truth was so clear and obvious that any evidence would only weaken it: "It is similar to one who raises a candle to increase the brightness of the sun's light," he said.
But UNESCO has been hiding the "sun's light" for years, ignoring the terrible Muslim destruction of antiquities on the Temple Mount, "Islamizing" Rachel's Tomb and calling it a mosque, and shutting its eyes to the long list of archaeological finds from the Temple Mount area that drive the Muslims crazy for one central reason: They prove the ancient Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and its retaining walls. Especially the Western Wall. Jews have prayed at the foot of these walls for many generations and at the foot of the Western Wall, all 488 meters (1,600 feet) of it, for more than 1,000 years. The Jews even received Turkish decrees confirming their rights to the Western Wall.
Archaeologists recently recreated the Temple's courtyard floors atop the mountain that King David purchased from Araunah the Jebusite for 50 shekels. But the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and its holy sites first and foremost relies on the Bible, "our mandate to the Land of Israel," as our first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion put it. The connection appears in the Mishnah, the Gemarah and even the Quran, as well as in the writings of Muslim historians and, of course, in the writings of Roman historian Flavius Josephus and others. The time has come to renew the discussion of rights. The Muslims are speaking in this language. The time has come for us to return to speaking it as well.
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