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Archaeology in Jerusalem: Digging Up Trouble

But many experts find Elad's archaeological claims dubious. Israel Finklestein, an archaeologist from Tel Aviv University says that while there may be ruins on the Elad site dating back to the 9th century B.C., "there's not a single piece of evidence about David's palace. These people are mixing faith with science." Yoni Mizrahi, an independent archaeologist formerly with the IAA, concurs: "You'd think from Elad's guides that they'd excavated a sign saying WELCOME TO DAVID'S PALACE. Their attitude seems to be that if you believe in the Bible, you don't need proof." Raphael Greenberg, lecturer at Tel Aviv University, says Elad ignores key archaeological practices. "You're supposed to dig for six weeks and then report on what you find. In the City of David, they've been digging nonstop for two years without a satisfactory report," Greenberg says. He accuses Elad of using archaeology as a "crowbar" to "throw out the Palestinians living in Silwan and turn it into a Jewish place."

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Israel's claim on the land of the Palestinians rests on the Biblical story that God gave the land to the Jews. This is less than accurate, because the Hittites predate the Hebrews in the region. As for the Bible, it clearly states that God gave the land to the 12 tribes that followed Moses/Akhenaten out of Egypt, which excludes the Ashkenazi descendants of the converted Khazars. In any event, the archaeological evidence shows that the Exodux actually happened to the Hyksos, not the Hebrew.

So Israel looks around at the great Archaeological wonders to be found in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, etc. and it becomes obvious there is a paucity of similar artifacts in Israel. Civilizations on a scale that we are told David and Solomon's were simply do not vanish without a trace, yet nothing can be found of the fabled First Temple.

As this article notes, in their desperation to lay spiritual claim t the land Israeli archaeologists have gotten into the habit of simply assuming that everything they find is proof of Israel's claimed past, and shouting that those who question are non-believers or worse, anti-Semites.

That Israel is a playground for antiquities forgery is well known. Some of them are very good, and for a while, both the Temple Pomegranate and the Jehoash Tablet fooled the world's experts.

But after all the frauds, the world is becoming more and more skeptical of Israel's claims that archaeology backs up their claims to the land. People are starting to point out the obvious inconsistencies, such as the pig bones found in the graves of Masada, something that would not be found in graves of Jewish but not at all unusual for a Roman grave.

As this article notes, Israel's policy seems to be to find something of antiquity and simply assume it to be proof of the orthodox account of Israel's history; daring anyone to prove the negative.