“Sixty Minutes” recently did a spot on Ir David (“The City of David”), the archeological site located in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, home to a few hundred Jews and a majority Arab population. Here’s the video of the segment, hosted by Lesley Stahl:
I was eager to watch it, thinking it was going to be an exciting look at some incredible ancient ruins being uncovered, but instead Stahl focused almost entirely on the political ramifications of the dig. By the time the 14 minutes and change were over, I wasn’t sure which she thought was the bigger obstacle to peace in the Middle East: Jews digging in united Jerusalem to uncover their glorious past, or Jews living in united Jerusalem near where Jews are digging up their glorious past.
Here are a few of her observations in the segment, which need no elaboration or response from me:
- Regarding Clinton’s Simple Plan for divvying up Jerusalem according to population distribution: “It’s not so simple anymore.”
- “It’s controversial that the City of David uses discoveries to try to confirm what’s in the Bible, particularly from the time of David, the king who made Jerusalem his capital.”
- “There’s an implicit message that because David conquered the city for the Jews back then, Jerusalem belongs to the Jews today.”
- Regarding the tours of the site provided for soldiers in the IDF: “Archeology is being used as a political tool. Maybe—I hate to use the word, but—‘indoctrination’ almost.”
I worked for a while on a long post addressing some of the inanities in her presentation of the facts, but decided it just wasn’t worth it. Hameveen meveen.