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Is either party's claim for Jerusalem stronger, or is it merely a case of "might makes right?" The purpose of this article is not to prove or disprove anyone's claim to Jerusalem, but rather to help clear up some of the fog clouding this controversy and enable us to better understand both the Jewish and Muslim connection to this holy site.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.During both the First and Second Temple periods, the Temple was the central focus of the Jewish world both in Israel and the diaspora. The Kohanim (priests) and Levites served in the Temple, and three times a year ― during the holidays of Passover, Sukkot and Shavuot ― all Jews were commanded to come to Jerusalem and visit the Temple.
It is often erroneously stated that the holiest site in the world to Jews is the Western Wall. The holiest spot for Jews is Mount Moriah itself, behind the Wall.
(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...