|Tel Megiddo, Israel, about 18 miles from Haifa|
Dozens of major battles have been fought here over the millennia by Assyrians, Israelites, Canaanites, Egyptians, Philistines, Greeks, Romans and the Crusaders. Napoleon defeated the Ottomans here in 1799. About a century later, General Allenby of the British army defeated them again here.
In Egyptian history, Megiddo is mentioned in their inscriptions and was the site of the victory of Pharaoh Thutmose III over the king of Kadesh. Deborah's victory over the Canaanites happened here. Josiah's defeat by the Egyptians, meetings in the time of Tiglath-Pileser; the Roman War, and the Crusades were here.
|A battle could take place in Megiddo|
but more likely it could happen in Gaza at the Gaza-Israel fence
from the looks of today's news. Here, Palestinians are
breaking down the fence between Gaza and Israel.
Palestinians have been shooting rockets, mortars and missiles into Israel,
and now besides rockets they have been sending kites lit with fire into
the air where they land in fields and forests. This is Megiddo where it is
said to happen.
It's also mentioned in Kings in the Tanakh (Old Testament) Kings 9-15: "And this is the reason of the levy which King Solomon raised; for to build the house of the LORD, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer."
|. Valley around Megiddo. In the far background of this photo, from far left to center, are the hills of Nazareth, Mt. Tabor and Hamoreh (city of Afula).|
Tel Megiddo had been under many archaeological excavations for more than a century. Researchers have discovered evidence that the city on top of the mount had been destroyed and rebuilt some 25 times. In excavations between 1909 and 1939, over 20 strata of settlement were uncovered, one of which contained stables from early in the 1st Temple Period.