Palestinian PM: No Proof Jewish Temple Ever Existed in Jerusalem

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Those searching for a source of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should look no further than a statement made by the Palestinian Authority's prime minister on Monday.

In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Mohammad Shtayyeh said: "Since 1967 and the occupation of the West Bank, Israel has carried out a series of excavations underneath Al-Aqsa Mosque which haven't proved any connection whatsoever to the hall [Temple] or anything similar."

That, of course, is pure rubbish. In addition to all the biblical-era accounts, there is also substantial archaeological and historical evidence.

But if the Palestinians can deny Jews ever established a homeland in Israel, they can also say that Jews have no right to the land. A first step toward peace might be a Palestinian recognition of the historic reality.

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