I’ve read several articles in the past few weeks relating the presence of archaeological finds to the question of statehood.
This one from Ha’aretz explains that the Dutch government hopes to support the cause of Palestinian statehood by financing archaeology at Tell Balata, an ancient site within the city of Nablus:
“The creation of institutions can only be sustainable if it goes hand in hand with the strengthening of the cultural identity of the Palestinian people ahead of a negotiated agreement on statehood,” [representative to the PA] Twiss said, adding that “sites like Tell Balata are simply too important to be neglected.”
Other articles report new finds that establish the long-standing history of Jews in the land:
- a city wall in Jerusalem built in the time of Solomon
- According to a press release from the University of Haifa, “The new identification of Khirbet Qeiyafa in the region of Israel’s Elah Valley as ‘Neta’im’ confirms the supremacy of the Kingdom of Israel in the 10th century BCE, during the times of King David.” According to Prof. Gershon Galil, it is further proof of a large and powerful kingdom during the days of King David.”
Is counting archaeological sites the best way to determine the boundaries of modern states?