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Huge Kingdom of Judah government complex
found near US Embassy in Jerusalem

22 July 2020, 12:03 pm

An Israel Antiquities Authority excavation on the slopes of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona uncovered an administrative complex from 2,700 years ago. (Yaniv Berman, Israel Antiquities Authority)

One of the largest collections of royal Kingdom of Judah seal impressions has been uncovered at a massive First Temple-period public tax collection and storage complex being excavated near the new United States Embassy in Jerusalem. The main Iron Age structure is exceptional in terms of both its size and architectural style, said Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Neri Sapir, who co-directed the excavation.

Uncovered only three kilometers (1.8 mile) outside the Old City, the compound is believed by Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists to have served as an administrative center during the reigns of Judean kings Hezekiah and Menashe (8th century to the middle of the 7th century BCE).

Over 120 jar handles stamped 2,700 years ago with ancient Hebrew script seal impressions were discovered at the site, clearly indicating the location’s use as a storage and tax center, according to an IAA press release Wednesday. Prevalent among the stamped inscriptions is “LMLK,” “LamMeLeKh,” or “Belonging to the King,” a way of marking that the foodstuffs stored in the jars had been tithed to the Judean ruler. Read more…

Peter Beinart Is Wrong to Reject Zionism

7 July 2020, 8:30 am

Portrait of Theodor Herzl in Israel’s Independence Hall Museum JACK GUEZ/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Since its January debut, one unintended consequence of President Trump’s plan for peace in the Middle East is that it has forced Israel’s detractors to shed their veneer of support for Israeli and Palestinian self-determination. The Trump proposal is realistic, ensures Israel has defensible borders and offers the Palestinians a chance to determine their own future. Such a proposal is incredibly damaging to those who have hid their opposition to Israel’s existence behind “support” for the Palestinian people.

Anti-Zionists tend to follow an identical public relations path. As a case in point, consider Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and recent statements made by Jewish Currents Editor-at-Large Peter Beinart. Read more…

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