Despite this amazing find, or more accurately because of it, Muslims soon afterward covered the chamber, cemented over the top, and surrounded the area with a protective iron fence. Israeli archaeologists are thus not likely to be able to excavate the gate under the Golden Gate in the near future.
This is most unfortunate, because Josephus writes that the eastern Temple enclosure wall was the only one not rebuilt by King Herod – meaning that that ancient gate beneath the Golden Gate likely dates from the times of King Solomon or possibly those of Nehemiah. Yet the story remains currently buried from world awareness, in accordance with Arab interests.
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About the Author: Chaim Silberstein is president of Keep Jerusalem-Im Eshkachech and the Jerusalem Capital Development Fund. He was formerly a senior adviser to Israel's minister of tourism. Hillel Fendel, past senior editor at Israel National News/Arutz-7, is a veteran writer on Jerusalem affairs. Both have lived in Jerusalem and now reside in Beit El.
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