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Submitted by Ronnie (United States), Jun 22, 2006 at 21:22

When will anyone have the courage to really say what the Jewish ties to Jerusalem are, as opposed to what the Muslim say their ties are, and then what the Jew disparages. This is a reactive stance on the Jewish claim to Jerusalem. Jews are very good at reactive stances. But the more the Jewish people continue trying to discredit the Muslim claim, the more the Jewish claim is rubbed into the ground because it is merely reactive.

What is the Jewish claim to Jerusalem, in terms of a proactive line of thinking? Would quoting the Torah be only the recourse for "religious folk"??

Would examining excavations over every inch of Israel, excavations which date back to the Davidic reign, and then the first temple period, excavations which match what is spoken about in the Torah...would this be acceptable in the academic world?

How about visiting perhaps the find of the 21st century, the recent, partial excavation of King David's palace. Where are the screaming headlines about this? How about examining the spot where the Akeidah took place, on Mount Moriah?

And being turned away and threatened by the Waqf and by the secular Israeli government. How about venturing into the tunnels under the Temple Mount, coming out to the Kidron Valley where King David walked? How about touching an ancient Aramaic word on a 3,000 year old stone in a vast cavern by The City of David? This was after Joshua led the Jewish people, and during the time of Judges.

Or taking an archaologist to verify the age of a column lying unobtrusively on the ground, from the First Temple period? How about going through the Mount of Olives and then following a path of steps created by Muslims, a.k.a. Jordanian/Arabs during their occupation of the Old City, from 1948 - 1967. These steps, created from desecrated Jewish graves (desecrated by Jordanians/Arabs), lead to a hotel built by the Jordanian/Arabs.

Outside the hotel windows are Jewish graves, literally abutting the hotel walls. There are graves of Jewish sages built into the hillside of the Kidron Valley...Rav Ovadia Bartenura (from the 1400's to 1500's). His grave is littered with garbage from the Arabs who now dwell illegally in the Kidron Valley while the secular Israeli government turns a blind eye. The grave of Avshalom, next to the Mount of Olives...Avshalom was King David's son, as I'm sure you know.

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