Solving the Mystery of Biblical Jerusalem’s Water Supply

Aug. 15 2019

In 2012, archaeologists excavating Second Temple-era ruins in the City of David—the oldest part of Jerusalem—found a large underground cistern sealed with the distinctive yellow-brown plaster common in the time of the First Temple. On the basis of its size, they concluded that it was built to serve as a public reservoir. Nadav Shragai explains how the discovery helped answer the question of how ancient Jerusalemites got their water:

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More about: Ancient Israel, Archaeology, Hebrew Bible, Hezekiah, Jerusalem

Why Qatar Is a Problematic Ally

Sept. 29 2020

On September 14, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Qatari counterpart met and signed an agreement on cultural exchange, followed by an official statement from Foggy Bottom about “shared ideas of tolerance.” Since then, there have also been reports that the U.S. is considering awarding the peninsular monarchy the status of a major non-NATO ally, and even that Doha will be next in line to normalize its relations with Israel. The fact remains, however, that the Qatari educational system is rife with anti-Semitic indoctrination. Moreover, argues Efraim Inbar, it would be strategically foolish for Washington to reward Qatar with upgraded relations:

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More about: Al Jazeera, Anti-Semitism, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar, U.S. Foreign policy