De Palestijnse Autoriteit en Arafat ontkenden altijd dat de eerste tempel in Jeruzalem heeft gestaan, en antizionisten praten dat graag na of verzinnen er nog wat mythes bij, zoals dat de Joden van de Kazaren af zouden stammen en niet van de oude Israelieten en dus geen historische connectie met het land hebben. Het doel van dat alles is uiteraard, om het Joodse volk het recht op hun eigen staat te ontzeggen, iets wat uiteraard helemaaaal niets met antisemitisme te maken heeft.
First-Temple era tunnel found in J'lem
Etgar Lefkovits , THE JERUSALEM POST
Oct. 29, 2008
A water tunnel dating back to the First Temple era - but that might have been used even earlier, during King David's conquest of Jerusalem - has been uncovered in the ancient City of David, a prominent Israeli archeologist said Wednesday.
The opening of the 3,000-year-old tunnel, which was found earlier this year during the ongoing excavations at the site, is just wide enough to allow one person to pass through, but only the first 50 meters are accessible since it is filled with debris and fallen stones, said Dr. Eilat Mazar, who is leading the dig at the site.
The walls of the tunnel are composed partly of unworked stones, while other parts simply use the bedrock.
The tunnel was discovered under an immense stone structure built in the 10th century BCE that has previously been identified by Mazar as the palace of King David.
The already-existing tunnel was integrated into its construction and was probably used to channel water to a pool located on the palace's nearby southeast side, Mazar said.
Near the end of the First Temple period, the tunnel was converted to an escape passage, perhaps used in a manner similar to King Zedekiah's escape during the Babylonian Siege, as related in 2 Kings 25:4, she said.
At this time, additional walls were constructed to prevent the possibility of anyone entering the tunnel from the slope of the hill and to prevent penetration of debris.
During the dig, complete oil lamps were found on the ground of the tunnel, characteristic of the end of the First Temple period.
But the tunnel's characteristics, date, and location, Mazar said, testify with "high probability" that the water tunnel is the one called "tsinor" in the story of the King David's conquest of Jerusalem (Samuel II, 5:6-8; Chronicles I, 11:4-6).
Archeologists have previously speculated that Warren's Shaft, also located in the City of David, was the tsinor referred to in the biblical account.
"The new discoveries in the excavations in the City of David illuminate the ancient history of Jerusalem and the reality described in the Bible," Mazar said.
The excavation at the City of David, which is located just outside the walled Old City across the road from the Dung Gate, has proven in recent years to be a treasure trove for archeologists.
Mazar, who rose to international prominence for her excavation of King David's palace nearby, has been at the forefront of a series of Jerusalem archeological finds, including the remnants of a wall from the prophet Nehemiah in the area, and two seal impressions belonging to ministers of King Zedekiah.
The current dig is being conducted on behalf of the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem research institute, and the right-wing City of David Foundation, and was carried out under the academic auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The latest finding will be made public Thursday morning in an archeological symposium at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.