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As you can see, we're looking at a gate.
The entrance, one of 4, in the Western Wall to the Temple Mount
and through this gate, Jews would enter the Temple Mount
through a very wide corridor beneath the floor of the Temple Mount.
This corridor continues on inside, 90ft
and at the end of it there are stairs going up
to the floor of the Temple Mount.
1400 years ago, when the Muslims come to Jerusalem,
they allow the Jewish community to establish here,
at this gate, a synagogue.
Jews will be praying here for hudreds of years, up to 900 years ago
when the crusaders come to Jerusalem and banish the Jews.
They expel them, and decide to block the entrance of this gate
but please notice, the crusaders only blocked the gate halfway
The upper part looks like a more modern blockage
So who blocked it? Well, here comes the story
45 years ago, Israel conducts one of its most famous wars
the Six Day War. The Israeli Defense Forse liberates Jerusalem
and unifies the city. Archaeologists starts coming here right away.
When they get to this point, where we're standing,
they discover that the upper half of this gate is open, exposed.
Rabbi Getz, may he rest in peace, was the Rabbi of the Western Wall at the time
decides to go inside, into the Temple Mount, and he starts digging in the mountain itself
because he believes that the vessels of the Temple are buried somewhere near
He has one small problem. The Wakf, the Jordanian-Arab authority,
that has control over the Temple Mount, given by the State of Israel,
hear him dig, and they go down, and the Rabbi gets asked to come out
and because of international pressure, this gate is blocked completely
Since then, till today, this is the status quo. Nobody digs beneath the Temple Mount
We're standing now in the closest place a Jewish person can get,
to the Holy of Holies while walking along the Western Wall
in a straight line, perpendicular to where we're standing
at a distance of 300ft, is the Foundation Stone, the peak odf the mountain