The Second Temple’s Warning Stones

Oct. 23 2015

In the 1870s, an excavation near the Temple Mount turned up a stone with a Greek inscription, reading, “No foreigner may enter within the balustrade around the sanctuary and the enclosure. Whoever is caught, on himself shall he put blame for the death that will ensue.” Another, similar stone was discovered in Jerusalem in 1935. These are thought to have been part of the Second Temple, most likely added during Herod’s major renovations during the 1st century BCE. Ilan Ben Zion writes:

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More about: Archaeology, Herod, History & Ideas, Josephus, Sacrifice, Second Temple

Iran’s Attack on an Israeli Ship Is a Diplomatic Opportunity

March 1 2021

Today Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed that the explosions that blew two holes in an Israeli-owned cargo ship on Friday were the work of Iran. The incident was followed by airstrikes on military targets in the vicinity of Damascus, likely carried out by the IDF—which might have been retaliation, but might also have been routine attempts to curtail the Iranian military buildup in Syria. But irrespective of its military response, Yoav Limor urges Jerusalem to act diplomatically as well:

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More about: Iran, Israeli Security, Joseph Biden, US-Israel relations