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This is more evidence that the Palestinian leaders have no real desire to make peace, they continue to deny history. You can’t negotiate with people with people who deny your legitimacy. Last month Sheik Tayseer Rajab Tamimi, chief Islamic judge of the Palestinian Authority said:

Jews have no history in the city of Jerusalem: They have never lived there, the Temple never existed, and Israeli archaeologists have admitted as much. Those who deny this are simply liars.

..his comments come on the heels of those by Shamekh Alawneh, a lecturer in modern history at Al Quds University. On an Aug. 11 PA television program, “Jerusalem—History and Culture,” Mr. Alawneh argued that the Jews invented their connection to Jerusalem. “It has no historical roots,” he said, adding that the Jews are engaging in “an attack on history, theft of culture, falsification of facts, erasure of the truth, and Judaization of the place.”

Jerusalem is the holiest city in Judaism, it is mentioned more than 600 times in the Tanach, the Jewish Bible. Three times a day, observant Jews face eastward toward the city when they pray. At Jewish weddings, the couple’s joy is diminished as the groom shatters a glass to acknowledge the destruction of the two temples.

Sheik Tamimi doesn’t need to take the Jews’ word for any of this, or that of legions of world-class scholars. For proof of the Jewish connection to Jerusalem, he need only look at writings from his own religious tradition.

The Koran, which references many biblical stories and claims figures like Abraham as Islamic prophets, also acknowledges the existence of the Jewish temples. The historian Karen Armstrong has written that the Koran refers to Solomon’s Temple as a “great place of prayer” and that the first Muslims referred to Jerusalem as the “City of the Temple.” Martin Kramer, a historian who has combed through Koranic references to the temples in Arabic, notes surra 34, verse 13, which discusses Solomon’s building process: “They [jinn/spirits] worked for him as he desired, (making) arches, images, basins large as wells, and (cooking) cauldrons fixed (in their places).

There is still more recent official Muslim acknowledgment of Jerusalem’s Jewish history—a booklet put out in 1924 by the Supreme Muslim Council called “A brief guide to al-haram al-sharif.” Al-haram al-sharif, the Arabic name for the Temple Mount, is currently the site of the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa mosque. It is, according to Islamic tradition, where Muhammad ascended to heaven.

Yet it is also, according to the council’s booklet, a site of uncontested importance for the Jews. “The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest (perhaps from pre-historic) times. Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute.” And the booklet quotes the book of Samuel: “This, too, is the spot, according to the universal belief, on which ‘David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offering and peace offerings.'” Later, the booklet says the underground structure known as King Solomon’s Stables probably dates “as far back as the construction of Solomon’s Temple.” Citing the historian Flavius Josephus, it claims the stables were likely used as a “place of refuge by the Jews at the time of the conquest of Jerusalem by Titus in the year 70 A.D.”

So why do Palestinian leaders like Mr. Tamimi deny any Jewish connection to Jerusalem? They are trying to deny the Jewish connection to the land. By denying that they are not seeking peace, they are seeking one a Non-Jewish state solution,  and nothing like the peace that Israel and the rest of the world seek.

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