Archaeologists Unearth Goliath’s Hometown

An ongoing excavation has uncovered the massive gate to the Philistine city of Gath, best known as the home of Goliath. The Times of Israel reports:

Gath, one of the five cities of the ancient foes of the Israelites, was one of the largest cities in the region during the 10th and 9th centuries BCE. The Hebrew Bible describes Gath as the home of Goliath, the enormous warrior killed with a slingshot by the young Israelite David, who would go on to found a dynasty of kings. . . .

[The city’s] monumental gate is among the largest ever found in Israel and confirms that Gath was one of the most influential cities in the region at the time. Near the gate, [the archaeologists] also unearthed the remains of the city’s extensive fortification wall, a Philistine temple, ironwork, and pottery.

While the pottery bears hallmarks of the distinctive Philistine style, elements of Israelite techniques can be seen on the fragments as well, indicating there was more interaction between the two cultures than previously thought.

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The Logic of Iran’s Global Terror Strategy

During the past few weeks, the Islamic Republic has brutally tried to crush mass demonstrations throughout its borders. In an in-depth study of Tehran’s strategies and tactics, Yossi Kuperwasser argues that such domestic repression is part of the same comprehensive strategy that includes its support for militias, guerrillas, and terrorist groups in the Middle East and further afield, as well as its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Each of these endeavors, writes Kuperwasser, serves the ayatollahs’ “aims of spreading Islam and reducing the influence of Western states.” The tactics vary:

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