by Moody Adams
"For years, there have been those who contended there was no evidence of public construction in 10th century BCE Jerusalem," says Dr. Eilat Mazar. "Based on this, they claim that David and Solomon were not important rulers, as described in the Bible. Now there is evidence of such construction, and those who minimize the importance of David and Solomon have to deal with the facts. Because in an out-of-the-way and remote settlement you would not find a structure like this, the construction of which required abundant resources and a great capacity to plan and execute."

Dr. Eilat Mazar, the archaeologist in charge of the site, says this could be the palace King David built after conquering Jerusalem from the Jebusites. The discovery indicates the events recorded in the Bible did take place and David was a great king.

This contradicts the Arab contention that the Jews were in Israel. It could be very important in the political debate over the land.

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