In Search of the Physical Traces of the Two Destructions of Jerusalem

July 31 2020

Not only have archaeologists uncovered ample evidence of the sacking of the ancient Jewish capital by the Romans in 70 CE, which led to the razing of the Second Temple, they have also found signs of a catastrophe that struck the city some 600 years earlier—when the Babylonians destroyed the First Temple along with the rest of Jerusalem. Joel Uziel, who was involved in many of the relevant excavations, explains these discoveries and others in an overview of the archaeology of ancient Jerusalem. (Interview by Amanda Borschel-Dan. Video, 51 minutes. A text summary and pictures can be found at the link below.)

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More about: Archaeology, First Temple, Jerusalem, Second Temple

 

UN Peacekeepers in Lebanon Do More Harm Than Good

Aug. 12 2020

With its size, budget, and remit greatly expanded following the 2006 war between Israel and Hizballah, the United Nations International Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is tasked with keeping both sides’ forces out of the southern portion of the country. While the IDF has indeed abided by the armistice, UNIFIL has failed spectacularly at compelling Hizballah to do the same. Eugene Kontorovich argues that, unless the peacekeeping force can be reorganized so as to be effective, it would be better to scrap it, or at the very least reduce its size:

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More about: Hizballah, Israeli Security, Lebanon, Peacekeepers, U.S. Foreign policy, United Nations