TEL AVIV – Denial of the Jewish connection to Jerusalem has been unequivocally challenged by archeological discoveries, a U.S. congresswoman said on Friday.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), chairwoman of the U.S.’s House Subcommittee on the Middle East & North Africa, made her comments on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ros-Lehtinen also condemned the UN for continuing to delegitimize Israel’s historic ties to the land despite archeological evidence that clearly proves otherwise.
“For quite some time, there has been an effort at the United Nations to delegitimize the Jewish state of Israel, and to try to whitewash the Jewish peoples’ historical and biblical connection to Israel,” said Ros-Lehtinen.
“Denying the historic connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem is false. Amazing archeological discoveries are frequently made that prove the roots of the Jewish people are in Israel.”
Ros-Lehtinen’s address follows the discovery earlier this month in Jerusalem of the first ever royal seal impression dating from the First Temple period. Breibart Jerusalem reported that King Hezekiah’s impression, which dates back to 727-698 BCE, provides yet more proof of the ancient Jewish presence in the land of Israel.
“This marks the first time that a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king has ever been discovered within the context of an archeological excavation,” Ros-Lehtinen said on the House floor. “It proves that not only is Israel the religious center for Jews, it is their ancestral and historic homeland.”
Ros-Lehtinen also announced that the discovery, along with multiple other relics unearthed recently, has led her to plan an upcoming visit to Israel to see them for herself.
“I look forward to visiting the City of David in the near future, to see firsthand the rich history of the Jewish people,” said Ros-Lehtinen.