Beneath Jerusalem, an underground city takes shape

Archaeological digs under the disputed Old City are a matter of immense sensitivity. For Israel, the tunnels are proof of the depth of Jewish roots here, and this has made the tunnels one of Jerusalem’s main tourist draws: The number of visitors, mostly Jews and Christians, has risen dramatically in recent years to more than a million visitors in 2010.

But many Palestinians, who reject Israel’s sovereignty in the city, see them as a threat to their own claims to Jerusalem. And some critics say they put an exaggerated focus on Jewish history.

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Little Known Fact: Jordan was specifically created to be the “Palestinian Arab Homeland”.

In 1923 the British “chopped off” 75% of the proposed Jewish Palestinian homeland to form an Arab Palestinian Nation of “Trans-Jordan,” meaning “across the Jordan River.”

The Palestinian Arabs now had THEIR homeland… the remaining 25% of the original Palestinian territory (west of the Jordan River) was to be the Jewish Palestinian homeland. (Source: UnitedJerusalem.Org)

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Editor’s note: So why are Israel’s neighbors, along with the United States and the United Nations pushing for the creation of yet ANOTHER Palestinian state?