(Archaeologists agree that the original Canaanite city and the City of David was located in what is now the Arab village of Silwan, a few meters south of the "modern" walls of the Old City.) David purchased the peak of Mount Moriah (2-Samuel -25) as the site for the future Temple and gathered the necessary building supplies. 6-8) describes in great detail how David's son, King Solomon, built and dedicated the Temple: "And it came to pass after the 408th year after the Children of Israel left Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel...that he began to build the house of the Lord" (1-Kings 6:1).According to Jewish tradition the story of the Binding of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19) also takes place in the "land of Moriah" on the site of the present-day Temple Mount.Abraham chooses the site specifically because he sensed how God's presence is strongly connected to this site. This is the metaphysical center of the universe, the place from which spirituality radiates out to the rest of the world.Yasser Arafat constantly repeats that there can be no peace without Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and total Muslim sovereignty over the Temple Mount.Indeed, the last Camp David Summit floundered over Arafat's uncompromising position on the issue of controlling the site.This connection is still very much alive and well in contemporary Jewish practice: Jewish Historical Connection to Jerusalem The early history of Jerusalem is also rooted in the Bible.
During the approximately 400-year period from the entrance of the Jewish people into the land, through the period of the Judges, Jerusalem remained a non-Jewish city. 1,000 BCE) that Jerusalem was captured from the Canaanites (2-Samuel 5) and converted into the political/spiritual capital of the Jewish people.
Jewish Spiritual Connection to Jerusalem To understand the Jewish connection to Jerusalem we must begin with the Jewish Bible.
From the Jewish perspective, the area of special holiness is Mount Moriah, today known as the Temple Mount.
The Jews of Israel are currently locked into a conflict with their Palestinian Arab neighbors.
While the media bombards us with constant reports of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, there is no doubt that the epicenter of the conflict lies in Jerusalem and more specifically on the Temple Mount in the Old City.
Israeli leaders, on the other hand, say that Jerusalem will remain under Israeli sovereignty, even as Barak offered significant autonomy over the Temple Mount and Palestinian Authority control over Arab sections of Jerusalem.