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Orthodox Jew at King David's Tomb in Old City of Jerusalem.

Is there a deal in the works to hand the Tomb of King David over to the Vatican?

Rumors of such an agreement appear to have enough substance to have prompted Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) to write a query to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

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Hotovely reminded the prime minister of the importance of the tomb of the Biblical monarch, noting its sanctity to the Jewish nation. She warned Netanyahu not to make the same mistake with King David’s Tomb that previous administrations made with the Temple Mount – that is, handing sovereignty over the sacred site to a foreign power.

In the case of the Temple Mount, the Jordanian-linked Islamic Waqf Authority controls all matters over the site, even though it is located in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City and is the holiest place in the Jewish faith. Because the Waqf is in control, Jewish access to the Temple Mount is severely restricted – and Hotovely warned Netanyahu that handing the Tomb of King David to the Roman Catholic Vatican could create exactly the same situation for Jews there too.

There has not yet been any announced response to Hotovely’s letter.

Although an Israeli government source has denied any intention of transferring control over the site to the Vatican, other sources have said otherwise – including journalist Gulio Meotti, an editorial contributor to Arutz Sheva, who maintains there is truth to the rumors a deal is still in the works.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

166 COMMENTS

  1. King David’s Tomb in Jewish hands is well and it’s just (although the christians love King David and we consider as a great prophet, king, and poet of God) but The Cenacle should be delivered to the Holy See as a gesture of goodwill. Holy Land should be the land of God, land of peace, in which we all recognize as brothers and sisters. Land open at all. We love Holy Land too and Jerusalem is our home. Greetings in God and blessings.

  2. The Vatican is the Roman Empire disguised as Christianity,but in fact is a cult full of false doctrines.Adolf Hitler was a Catholic and many of the Nazi’s escaped thru that Cult.Christianity began in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost which was 50 days after Passover.Catholicism and Islam are both Cults full of false doctrines.Study the Book of Acts it is the only history of the New Testament.

  3. I’m just curious ?….has anyone seen the corpse of king David in his tomb ????. ..He might not be in there ?…After all he was even before virgin Mary’s time ?…just a thought , and doesn’t God own the entire World .. .isn’t this all sacred land too !

  4. Cynthia Lang ,evidently darling you know little about the catholic church, or the Vatican.The tomb in all probability would never be seen again, or even mentioned.David’s tomb should stay in Israel.In the end David will rule again.

  5. If your talking about liberalism, your no Christian. How can you be, you believe in the murder of children. Why did Jesus come, so you and i could have life, John 10:10 i came that you may have life and have it more abundantly. Or jeremiah 1:5 before i formed thee in the belly i knew thee. So let us be honest with one another. Im going to stay with my convictions and principles, as you with yours. Lets be truthful.:-)

  6. I can’t imagine why anyone would even think that the Jewish State of Israel would hand over such an important part of our Heritage . This is almost as bad as having Jewish people agreeing to Israel not being a Jewish State it just is not ethical or Logical .

  7. What God values more is the living people .
    Every single day of our lives we make choices , how do we know that the life we are living pleases Him .
    Being religious doesn’t change anything.
    How many times through the bible and until today Israel has turn his back on Hashem ?
    There’s no dought that king David was a great king, the Bible describe it so well . But He made a lot of mistakes too.
    Never the less Hashem is love , compassion.

    The day that we will understand that we the living are more valuable than the dead we would have take an awesome step into understanding the everlasting love of our creator.

  8. I love Jewish people, and all people, but the Jewish aren’t God’s only children. Is it being taught to the Jewish that Israel and they are God’s ONLY people and land? We are all God’s children, not just Jewish people, and we were all chosen, all religions, otherwise we wouldn’t be here. God teaches to love and if we think of ourselves as “God’s chosen people” when complaining about a tomb, are we behaving godly? We begin to sound like the very ones who don’t like Jewish people.

    Jesus died for all of us and did what he could to spread the word, shouldn’t we do the same?

    Maybe more people will see the tomb at the Vatican, isn’t that a good thing? Jesus was Jewish and Christianity exists because of him. Sharing the tomb, even temporarily, may not be a bad thing.

    Good Bless us all

  9. The Roman Catholic Church is known to have killed millions of people all over the world… And, this will be their reward? Why keep fighting the Palestinians, for? Just give the Palestinians their reward, also. After all, they rather kill and kill and kill as many Jews as they can, instead, of having peace, why not reward them by giving them the Land of Israel. Would this not invalidate all of God’s prophecies? Does the word of God mean anything to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu? Or, is he just another Pharisee quick and able to give away what does not belong to him. Is he above God? It appears that the end of Israel is imminent: Soon the Roman church will own Israel… Just like the way they have been wanting for two thousand years. How sad!

  10. Why would they do that? I am perplexed. Well, I’m an ignrorant, gentile Christian/American. I love Israel, very much admire what the citizens of Israel have done for themselves since 1948. I read the articles because I would like to learn.

  11. I think the government of Israel lost their mind. We are still in the GALUT of Rome. Controlled and under occupation of the Romans ( USA is a part of the Roman empire)

  12. iF THIS IS TRUE, THAT NETANYAHU HAS OFFERED kING DAVID’S TOMB TO THE vATICAN, WITH WHOSE PERMISSION?
    IS THIS WHAT HE IS DOING ON HIS OWN BAT?
    OR HAS HE THE APPROVAL OF SOME OF HIS CABINET.
    IF THIS IS TRUE, THEN NETANYAHU MUST RESIGN AND QUIT POLITICS.

    I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN OF NETANYAHU. BUT I THINK HE LOST HIS MARBLES TO AGREE TO RELEASE KILLERS, TO GET ABBAS TO SIT AND TALK PEACE.
    SURELY, HE KNEW THAT ABBAS WILL NEVER TALK PEACE. HE ONLY WANYTED HIS KILLERS LOOSE.

    I HOPE HE EITHER DENIES OR CONFIRMS THIS.

  13. WITH Israel GIVING AWAY ITS LAND, BEN GURION MUST WONDER WHY HE EVEN BOTHERED DECLARING THE JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL AND WHAT ARE WE GETTING IN RETURN? HOW COME NO ONE GIVES US ANYTHING FOR FREE? EVERYTHING WE GET COMES AT A HUGE COST AND STRINGS ATTACHED!

  14. I could not see even secular Jews allowing this to happen just on the principle of the thing, so I believe it is a pure fabrication. But then again, the Temple Mount is still under the control of Islamists.

  15. true as the roman catholic church now under the guise of christianity, is really the roman empire now under popes instead of ceasars with their own household gods.

  16. Let’s assume this article is legitimate. If they’re giving it to the Vatican, chances are it won’t be for free. And the Israeli government has a habit of taking things that don’t belong to them (see West Bank and Gaza Strip), so I don’t see your point.

  17. Are you kidding me? If anything, the United States has been Israel’s greatest ally. Why would the US give over $3 billion a year to Israel and support it at every step in the UN if they were “Roman occupiers”?

  18. Sergey Ifraimov nope, many Muslims have lived in Mecca the whole time (and still retained a majority) while Jews moved on to greener pastures (other countries). So that argument is invalid. It’s cool if you guys want a Jewish state and all, but that can be accomplished without displacing millions of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

  19. Sergey Ifraimov I’m not saying King David’s Temple doesn’t belong to the Jewish people, because it does and I’d be lying. What I *am* saying is that Netanyahu isn’t stupid to give away something that important to Jews without something in return.

  20. Sergey Ifraimov Mecca wouldn’t give the Vatican the power to rule the world, either. Major landmarks, sacred or otherwise, don’t grant powers to the people owning them. Not saying it’s OK, but it won’t make him rule the world and Netanyahu is probably getting something in return. He’s not stupid to do something like this (assuming this story is real).

  21. Nawaz Abdullah still cant see Islam giving up the city of Mecca without a fight. and since King David was the ruler of Israel, cant see them turning this important site over to the vatican the seat of satan.

  22. Nawaz Abdullah Israel won it fair and square in the 1967 war which the palestinians started believing they would win, but no the Lord G-d was on the side of Israel and who can fight against the:Lord G-d of Israel, if He has decreed that the land belongs to the Jewish people. you should really read Psalm 105

  23. Nawaz Abdullah it would the roman catholic church coveting something that didnt belong to them if they try to take over the site of the tomb of David. so how would the Israel government be taking something that allready belongs to them?

  24. Sientje Seinen Once again I’m not saying its OK, and nor does Netanyahu has any right to give it away. What I *am* saying is that a) jurisdiction over Mecca or King David’s tomb won’t grant anyone magical powers b) if the tomb retains so much history and importance for the Jewish people, Netanyahu would be stupid to give it away and c) if he did, there’s obviously something a lot more complicated going on here between him and the Vatican.

  25. Sientje Seinen are you kidding me? Israel won because of tactical support and drone surveillance from the United States. And I’ll say it again, it is not necessary to displace millions of innocents since Israel already has their nation. They’re building a huge wall restricting access to water and other vital resources, bulldozing houses the Palestinian people and Bedoin tribes have been living in for centuries, and killing Palestinian civilians at will (on either side of the wall). God’s chosen people would value the lives of innocent civilians instead of going on shooting sprees because you can. Your behavior is inconsistent with your claims.

  26. Nawaz Abdullah like I said Obama not being a christian would not know that the vatican is under the guise of christianity but really the roman empire where everyone is suppose to give homage to the pope instead of to ceasars. the vatican also known as "the whore of babylon"

  27. Nawaz Abdullah like I said Obama not being a christian would not know that the vatican is under the guise of christianity but really the roman empire where everyone is suppose to give homage to the pope instead of to ceasars. the vatican also known as "the whore of babylon" beside Obama is not really a friend of Israel, by asking for them to make so many concessions and palestine giving nothing in return.

  28. Nawaz Abdullah Israel won it fair and square in the 1967 war which the palestinians started believing they would win, but no the Lord G-d was on the side of Israel and who can fight against the:Lord G-d of Israel, if He has decreed that the land belongs to the Jewish people. you should really read Psalm 105

  29. Nawaz Abdullah it would the roman catholic church coveting something that didnt belong to them if they try to take over the site of the tomb of David. so how would the Israel government be taking something that allready belongs to them?

  30. Nawaz Abdullah Hi Nawas , I was born in Kavkas, grew up amount muslim people. Jewish people don't pretend to Mekka ad Medina, also Egypt, Syria, Libya, Iran e.t.c. Jewish people lived there thousand years voluntary, but was displaced by muslim million and million Jewish people because of hates for no reason only WE ARE JEW. You know Koran better then me and nothing was saying about al kudsa and palestinians. It was created new koran by muslim clerikal. Guys if you want fight with Jewish , that's impossible, because we under GOD protection. If palestinian doesn't live in peace take them with you. Muslin over 1,5 billion you coud find them a space. We have no place to go WE ARE HOME AND JERUSALEM BELONG TO JEWISH PEOPLE, AND WE WILL BUILD THIRD TEMPLE WITH GOD HELPS SOON, MARKED MY WORDS

  31. Please, my dear friend we are not talking about selling or giving up anything belong to JEWISH PEOPLE, it doesn't belong to Likud, Avoda and another group not even belong to Cipi Livni. THIS LAND BELONG JEWISH PEOPLE . NO ONE HAS RIGHT ON THIS LAND AND JERUSALEM ONLY HASHEM AND MY JEWISH PEOPLE

  32. Sientje Seinen I was responding to Yechiel who was saying noboy gives the gov’t of Israel stuff for free. The gov’t of Israel is taking large portions of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, against international law, for free. And not just that, they’re doing extrajudicial killings of Palestinian and Bedouin civilians on either side of the border. For every one Israeli death there are TWENTY FIVE Palestinian deaths. 1:25 isn’t self defence, this is violent aggression.

  33. Sergey Ifraimov Jews were persecuted by Europeans a LOT more than they were by Muslim countries. A lot of today’s anti-Jew propaganda was disseminated from Nazi Germany. I’m pretty sure Jewish people weren’t displaced forcibly, but if you have any historical reference otherwise please reference it. I don’t advocate war with anyone, but Israel is behaving very aggressively, expanding to cutting off land for your housing projects and natural resources like water that are vital to survival. Not to mention the extrajudicial killings, and the fact that Israel kills 25 Palestinians for every one of their deaths.
    p.s. You already have Jerusalem. If I’m not mistaken it’s the capital of your government? And the Prime Minister of Israel sold this land (assuming the story is true), so YOUR GOVERNMENT SOLD YOUR LAND. NOT PALESTINE, NOT MUSLIMS, the state of Israel. So stop blaming us for your leadership.

  34. Sergey Ifraimov Jews were persecuted by Europeans a LOT more than they were by Muslim countries. A lot of today's anti-Jew propaganda was disseminated from Nazi Germany. I'm pretty sure Jewish people weren't displaced forcibly, but if you have any historical reference otherwise please reference it. I don't advocate war with anyone, but Israel is behaving very aggressively, expanding to cutting off land for your housing projects and natural resources like water that are vital to survival. Not to mention the extrajudicial killings, and the fact that Israel kills 25 Palestinians for every one of their deaths.
    p.s. You already have Jerusalem. If I'm not mistaken it's the capital of your government? And the Prime Minister of Israel sold this land (assuming the story is true), so YOUR GOVERNMENT SOLD YOUR LAND. NOT PALESTINE, NOT MUSLIMS, the state of Israel. So stop blaming us for your leadership.

  35. I pray to God Almighty NOT to allow such act. When you move the tomb, later you will go to the Vatican forgetting the root of the Bible. Israel tell PM not to do it, I pray. All watchmen of Israel start praying> Amen.

  36. Nawaz Abdullah, do you understand prophecy? Have you read the Torah? Do you really know Hebrew History? Your comments are valid, but your history is incomplete. The Vatican owns the world already, it has for two thousand years. To give away what God gave to Israel, is to mock God and his laws; this is the point….not to give the Vatican the chance to have more power over Israel than it already has.

  37. Nawaz Abdullah, do you understand prophecy? Have you read the Torah? Do you really know Hebrew History? Your comments are valid, but your history is incomplete. The Vatican owns the world already, it has for two thousand years. To give away what God gave to Israel, is to mock God and his laws; this is the point….not to give the Vatican the chance to have more power over Israel than it already has.

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