Israeli Official: Archaeology is Best Defense of Jewish Ties to Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Post reports: Archaeologists are scientifically proving the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem, defending the state of Israel in a way that no one but the IDF can, Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Dore Gold said Thursday night.

Opening the 17th Annual Archaeological Conference, held at the ancient City of David National Park in the capital, Gold addressed “the international attempt to disengage Jerusalem from Jewish history.”

Gold specifically focused on a UNESCO resolution adopted in April, which ignored Jewish ties to its holy religious site of the Temple Mount area in Jerusalem’s Old City. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all consider the Temple Mount to be a holy site, but the UNESCO Resolution referred to the area solely as al-Aksa Mosque/al-Haram al Sharif, except for two references to the Western Wall Plaza that were put in parenthesis.

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