At a ceremony in the part of Jerusalem known as the City of David, a group of prominent Israelis announced the official reopening of an ancient road leading to the Second Temple, discovered in recent archaeological excavations and then restored. Daniel Eisenbud writes:
As rain and sleet poured down, the Sephardi chief rabbi Shlomo Amar, the culture and sport minister Miri Regev, and the mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat stood together several meters under the Givati parking lot in Silwan to light a large silver menorah at the end of the ancient road. . . .
Listening intently as they sat on makeshift wooden benches a few meters away with several members of Knesset were the three Israeli paratroopers immortalized in the iconic 1967 photograph of the liberation of the Western Wall. . . .
The approximately 50-meter roadway, built near the Herodian Pool of Siloam, where pilgrims once immersed themselves [in preparation for visiting the Temple], begins south of the City of David and ends at the foot of the Western Wall’s Robinson’s Arch.