Israel: From Goldstone To Old Stone

Can you guess what this story is about?




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b)*shimon peres

I think you already knew the answer is a).

Archaeologists have long known about the massive 150 meter-long landmark near the Israeli city of Safed (Tsfat). But it wasn’t until recent work carried out by Ido Wachtel, a doctoral student at theHebrew University of Jerusalem, that the structure was identified as a 5,000-year-old crescent-shaped stone monument.

Archaeologists were mystified by its purpose and previously thought the structure was part of a city wall. Wachtel, however, shows in his research that there was no city beside it and that the structure is a standing monument.

According to a report published by the science news website LiveScience, the crescent-shaped monument predates the Old Testament, Stonehenge and the pyramids in Egypt.

A crescent-shaped symbol, huh? I’m guessing we will soon be seeing this put forward as “proof” they were here first. Shame Islam is less than 2,000 years old. As it turns out, the prevailing wisdom is it represents the ancient Mesopotamian moon god named Sin.

*Yes, I do poke fun at former President Peres on occasion. Especially his penchant for kissing celebrities. And his Kramer-esque appearance as a young man. That is not to say I do not appreciate the good things he has done for Israel (while recognizing the not-so-good things). 



David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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