The Palestinian Authority's chief Islamic judge, Sheikh Tayseer Rajab Tamimi, said on Wednesday that there was no evidence to back up claims that Jews had ever lived in Jerusalem or that the Temple ever existed.
Tamimi claimed that Israeli archaeologists had "admitted" that Jerusalem was never inhabited by Jews.
Tamimi's announcement came in response to statements made earlier this week by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who said that Jerusalem "is not a settlement," and that "the Jews built it 3,000 years ago."
"Netanyahu's claims are baseless and untrue," said Tamimi, the highest religious authority in the PA. "Jerusalem is an Arab and Islamic city and it always has been so."
Tamimi claimed that all excavation work conducted by Israel after 1967 have "failed to prove that Jews had a history or presence in Jerusalem or that their ostensible temple had ever existed."
He condemned Netanyahu and "all Jewish rabbis and extremist organizations" as liars because of their assertion that Jerusalem was a Jewish city.
Tamimi accused Israel of distorting the facts and forging history "with the aim of erasing the Arab and Islamic character of Jerusalem." He also accused Israel of launching an "ethnic cleansing" campaign to squeeze Arabs out of the city.
"By desecrating its holy sites, expelling its Arab residents and demolishing their homes and confiscating their lands and building settlements in Jerusalem, Israel is seeking, through the use of weapons, to turn it into a Jewish city," he said. "This is a flagrant violation of all religious, legal, moral and human values." (Jerusalem Post News Article)
The above news article makes me very angry for a reason that is not obvious in the content: The learned judge did not say these untrue things because he believes what he is saying but that he knows that the bulk of his audience will believe anything that he tells them because of his position and his office.
We as Christians need to remember to pray for Israel and to continue to support her in word and deed. Here is Love: We need to also pray for those that are being deceived to further hate and evil against Israel. Remember: JHVH G-D calls Israel His Inheritance. (For the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. (Deuteronomy 32:9, King James Version)
See this link from Wikipedia about the History of Jerusalem.
Audio of the day: Dr. Chuck Missler and part Six of Twenty-two in his study of the Book of John.
Study #6 - John Chapter Six (21.18MB MP3)
This collection of audio is from the 1990's and is not the most recent series of studies in this book. You can find the most recent recordings for sale at Dr. Missler's website Khouse.org. The audio that I am offering can be found at Firefighters For Christ free of charge.