Israeli Culture Minister: We’ll Give You Elephants for Return of Ancient Hebrew Inscription Taken from Yerushalayim by the Ottomans

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Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev used a trip to Turkey this week to offer Gaziantep mayor Fatma Sahin a trade: Two elephants for an ancient inscription from Yerushalayim, currently housed in a Turkish museum, that is considered one of the most important ancient Hebrew inscriptions in existence, Ilan Ben Zion reports for Times of Israel.

Sahin, a politician from the ruling AKP party, had spoken of her zoo’s elephant problem: it has just one.

Regev told her aides: “We’ll make a deal. We’ll give them the elephants, and they’ll give us the inscription of Chizkiyahu.”

Regev was referring to the Siloam Inscription, a 2,700-year-old ancient Hebrew text that provides concrete historical support for the account in Tanach of the construction of a tunnel which brought water from the Pool of Siloam to the City of David, below the southern edge of the Har Habayis, during the reign of Chizkiyahu Hamelech.

{Matzav.com Israel}

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