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Bibi on Rare Papyrus Find: UNESCO Received an Open Letter from the Past

PM Netanyahu with papyrus document, October 27, 2016 (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO)

This week, another exciting archaeological discovery proved Jerusalem's Jewish ties nearly three millennia ago. Israel Hayom's Yori Yalon reports that PM Netanyahu spoke about the finding, noting that it refutes recent attacks against the Jewish people's connection to the Holy City:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday commented on a rare find by the Israel Antiquities Authority of a document dating from the seventh century BCE -- the First Temple period -- in which the name "Jerusalem" clearly appears in ancient Hebrew script, saying, "UNESCO just received a letter from the past, which explains, in Hebrew, our bond to Jerusalem and its centrality to our people."

Netanyahu was referring to a decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization again denying the Jewish link to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The resolution, which refers to the Temple Mount only by its Islamic name, Haram al-Sharif, effectively declares the area holy solely to Muslims.

At a speech at the inauguration ceremony of the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson School of Entrepreneurship at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Netanyahu said, "This letter is 2,700 years old and it is written in Hebrew -- nor Arabic, not Aramaic, not Greek and not Latin -- Hebrew..."

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