Discovery disproves Muslims claims about the Temple Mount in Jerusalem
Wall Street Journal:
A 10-year-old Russian boy, Matvei Tcepliaev, recently made an extraordinary discovery in Jerusalem. Working as a volunteer in the Temple Mount Sifting Project, he found a 3,000-year-old seal—engraved limestone about the size of a thimble, with a hole at one end so it could be hung from a string—from the time of King David.Islamist have a history of trying to deny religious sites of other religions and they especially do wo with respect to the Jews whom they hate because they rejected Islam. Their claims to the Temple Mount are preposterous to begin with unless you believe that Mohammad arrived there on a winged horse years after his demise. What this find demonstrates is that the Jewish presence at the site is inarguable from a historical perspective. But those who believe in a flying horse carrying a dead man apparently have no qualms about denying history and reality.
The artifact was nestled in the hundreds of tons of earth and rock that had been illegally excavated from below the Temple Mount in the late 1990s by the Muslim Waqf, a trust that retains authority over the contested site. The Temple Mount is sacred ground for Jews, Muslims and Christians, but Jewish historical claims are denied by many Muslims.
The sifting project in Emek Tzurim National Park in Jerusalem, started in 2005 and has uncovered several historically significant objects, but the seal may be the most important. Dating from the era of King David’s conquest of Jerusalem and the building of the Jewish First Temple by his son and successor, Solomon, the seal confirms the ancient Jewish presence in Jerusalem—more than a millennium before the Muslim Dome of the Rock was built above the ruins of the ancient temples.
If it is ironic that the Muslim excavation, undertaken to build an underground mosque, ultimately confirmed Jews’ historical claims, it is no less ironic than the fact that the Waqf came to rule the site at Israel’s instigation.