MembersJerusalem Can’t Thrive without Its Heart

As Israel celebrates the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, efforts to preserve and highlight Jewish history on the Temple Mount are in high gear.

By Ryan Jones |
UNCEREMONIOUSLY DUMPED Temple artifacts thrown out by Muslim authorities in the Kidron Valley are being recovered Photo: Yonatan Sindel / Flash90

“The Temple Mount is the peak of all the dreams of the Israeli people,” Dr. Gabriel Barkay told Israel Today during a visit to the laboratory where his Temple Mount Sifting Project has for over 12 years been systematically cataloguing every scrap of historical evidence it can acquire from the holy site.

It was only after the Six Day War that the Jewish nation had—for the first time in 2,000 years—an opportunity to study its ancient, biblical connection to the Temple Mount. But that opportunity was long squandered over fears of how the Muslims, and subsequently the rest of the world, would respond. Israel trusted the notion that the Islamic authorities overseeing the Temple Mount would never go so far as to actually destroy evidence of Jewish history there.

That trust was broken in the late 1990s when, in response to peace proposals envisioning shared sovereignty over the Temple Mount, the Muslims started digging out a massive subterranean “mosque” at Solomon’s Stables....

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