UNESCO Wants to Stop Archaeology in Ancient Jerusalem

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Caption: Al-Aqsa Mosque (iStock.com/rglinsky)

 

In a series of resolutions, UNESCO has threatened the future of archaeological discovery in one of the world’s most important cities.

Often while working just below the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount over the past few years, I’d look up from the dirt and notice a camera crew setting up. They did not seem to be Jews, but rather reporters from Palestinian news crews. Unlike most others who walked past the dig site, these journalists would rarely ask questions about what we were finding or what we were doing digging there. Instead, they would simply set up their cameras in a particular location. There, with one simple pan upward, they could tape the excavation site along with the black dome of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the background. After a few more minutes and a few more shots, they’d pack their gear and head back up the street. There wasn’t any need to ask questions or to investigate further; they already had their story: The Jews are trying to undermine Al-Aqsa. Continue reading

Report: Vatican Will Gain More Control Over King David’s Tomb

Israel’s envoy to the Vatican denied Wednesday that there is a deal in the works to transfer the ownership of King David’s Tomb to the Church.

But Rabbi Yaakov Sevilla, an activist for King David’s Tomb who has told Quartz Sheva previously that there is such a deal at play, insisted once against Wednesday that a deal is in the works – one which gives the Church more control over the site. Continue reading

Alarm over Reported Deal with Vatican for David’s Tomb

 

Is there a secret deal between the Vatican and Israel to transfer control over King David’s Tomb to the Catholic church? An investigative report in Makor Rishon cites La Stampa Vatican Insider journalist Andrea Tornielli as saying that the deal has been nearly completed, and that Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin is in charge of the negotiations with the Vatican, but Israel denies any such deal.

The agreement allegedly contains two elements. The first is Israel’s forgoing the levying of property tax and other taxes for all “churches, holy sites, prayer houses and cemeteries.” The second is the transfer of the “Last Supper room” on the floor above David’s tomb to the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land (Custodia Terræ Sanctæ). Continue reading

Report: Vatican Pushing for Control of Mount Zion

History is repeating itself Biblically, and as posted earlier, the Vatican is now once again vying (Daniel 8:9) for a piece of the Holy Land, along with Israel asking for closer cooperation with Germany (Hosea 5:13) since ties with the United States are now fractured. This will, as prophesied (Daniel 11: 14-16), lead to a historical double-crossing.

Christian leaders push Israel to hand over control of area housing King David’s tomb, ‘last supper’ hall.

Christian leaders reportedly pressured Israel to turn over control of Mount Zion in Jerusalem during a clandestine meeting of senior city officials.

The meeting took place Tuesday in the office of Attorney Amnon Merhav, the director-general of the Jerusalem municipality. It was attended by officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, President’s Office, Tourism Ministry, Police, Kotel Rabbi’s Office, and more. Continue reading