The Palestinians are now trying to say that Jews have no history to the Western Wall aka Wailing Wall in Jerusalem where Jews go to pray. They have a lot of Arab support in the UN and are presenting their own version of the history of Jerusalem. They recognize only the Islamic connection to the Holy City, City of David, Jerusalem.
|View of Western Wall lower right and above is Temple Mount with Mosque in Center|
Here are some facts they are repressing in everyone's minds that they administer.
|Joshua, fighting to possess Canaan|
The 1st census taken showed 603,550 people
The 2nd census taken showed 601,730 people with a loss of 1,820 from the 40 year march.
|Joshua, Judge of Israel|
|Deborah, a Judge|
|King Saul died fighting the Philistines and so did his 3 sons.|
David's son, Solomon was the next king from 961-920 BCE and his mother was Bathsheba. Politically, Solomon was called the King of Peace and was able to build the 1st Temple. He had 1,000 wives and concubines. Solomon was able to rest due to his father's achievements to protect the realm which extended from Egypt to the Euphrates and was the most energetic in the entire region. Less war meant they were able to develop in the cultural sphere of the arts of historiograph, parables, and elegant writing developed as well as several biblical works such as Song of Songs, Ecclesiates, Psalm 72. Solomon was widely known for his wisdom. Who hasn't heard the story of how he decided between 2 women as to who a baby belonged? He used psychology.
When Solomon died in 920 BCE, the southern half of Israel broke off to create Judah from which Jews take their name. They kept Jerusalem as their capital while Israel took Samaria. Israel chose an Ephraimite to be king, Jeroboam, while Judah had as king a son of King Solomon, Rehoboam. Both started serving in 933 BCE.
|Israelites being led away by Assyrians. Israel lost territory of land east of Jordan River, Galilee, and Philistia, Tyre, Moab and Edom became Assyrian provinces. Shalmaneser took Samaria and Sargon captured it in 721 BCE|
He was the last king of Israel which had lasted from 1271 BCE with the take-over of the land as dictated to do by G-d to 721 BCE, a total of 550 years. Remember that the USA is only 239 years old. If we even counted from 1620 when the first pilgrim ship, the Mayflower landed, it would only be 395 years of being on the North American land.
|Working on Temple in Jerusalem after destruction|
|General Bar Kokhba; Bar Kosiba Simeon, nephew of Rabbi Eleazar of Modiin, descendant of King David|
However, the tribe of Judah, the largest of the 12 tribes, was filled in with the tribe of Benjamin, and they all were able to live and continue on the land. The Romans came along and occupied the land in 63 BCE. They put in their choice of leaders from the Jewish population, and Herod was chosen as king.
|70 CE, destruction of 2nd Temple and Jerusalem, scattering of Jews who were kept out by Romans|
|Assigned areas where 12 tribes of Jacob (Israel) lived in Eretz Yisrael|
Eretz Yisrael, The Jewish Homeland itself, had been the home of the Jewish people from the time of Joshua entering in 1271 BCE till 70 CE, a total of 1,291 years, and the Palestinians are trying to say that we have no historical claim on the Western Wall, a wall attached to the Temple Mount.
|2nd Temple of Solomon|
|Where Jews go first in Jerusalem; to the Wall|
Then in 1931, a special commission of the League of Nations regulated the rights of the parties. From 1948, Jews were cut off from the Western Wall, which was under Jordanian control since their King Abdullah confiscated 80% of the Jewish Homeland and England allowed it to happen. This happened despite a paragraph in the Israel-Jordan 1949 Armistice Agreement affirming Jewish right of access.
From 1948, Jews could not visit their wall until they had won the 1967 Six Day War. Jordan had teamed up with other Arab countries against little Israel so lost that section of Jerusalem.
|1967-Dancing in front of Western Wall in joy|
As for any Islamic connection the Arabs have to East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, this is what happened. During the siege of Jerusalem during the Roman war, the 2nd Temple served as a center of military activity, and was destroyed by the conquering Romans in 70 CE. A Roman Temple was later built on the site over it.. Since Mohammad died in 632 CE and his men spread out to conquer the world and spread Islam, a mosque, al Harim ash -Sherif, has stood there where the 2nd Temple had stood and was built by Caliph Abd al-Malik around the year 738 CE to replace the temporary structure set up by Caliph Omar a century earlier, called the Mosque of Omar/Dome of the Rock.. Supposedly Mohammad flew there on his flying horse before he died to see the mosque. Omar was the 2nd caliph and ruled from 634 to 644. It was during his reign that Palestine and Syria were conquered, and also Mesopotamia. On his orders, most of the Jews were expelled from northern Arabia. That's it. That is the Islamic connection to Jerusalem's Temple Mount. That's why Moshe Dayan was nice enough to let the Jordanian religious leader have dominion over their mosque site.
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
facts about israel by Division of information, ministry for foreign affairs, Jerusalem