Jerusalem Can’t Thrive without Its Heart Yonatan Sindel / Flash90

Jerusalem 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.

“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…