If ancient Jerusalem isn't ancient Jerusalem, then what justification could the Jews possible have for the entire Zionist enterprise. Without history and its significance for the Jews, they really ought to go home to Poland, or Iraq, or where-ever.
This site has been developing beneath the radar for several years across from the Dung Gate, where you enter to the plaza leading to the nearby Wailing Wall. Just to be clear, there is about as much evidence that King David's palace would be excavated by this project as evidence that Queen Helena actually found the grove from which the true cross had been cut in the Valley of the Cross. But like Helena's sites--she was said to be the greatest archeologist in history, because she never looked for something she didn't find--Barkat's City of David is actually meant to excite pilgrims--you know, guests to the Shapiro bar-mitzvah who are looking for something to do on Sunday afternoon.
Monday, June 28, 2010
City of David
Bernard Avishai wrote the other day about a demonstration he participated in last week at Silwan. I'll write about this soon, once I find the time for a thorough article. I will however point out that Avishai's post emphasizes one aspect of the matter, which is that in their haste to reject the settler's and everything they stand for, some of Israel's Jewish critics are taking a position which essentially rejects the basic foundations of Zionism and even Jewish identity.