Meanwhile, the PA officially endorsed the “study.”It completely ignores more than 2,000 years of history, but it's completely typical for Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Palestinian Authority to engage in revisionist history. After all, Abbas is a Holocaust denier, and has no problem endorsing psuedo-intellectual endeavors if he thinks that it can give Palestinians an advantage in its ongoing war against Israel's existence.
The PA’s Ministry of Information posted the results on its official website, and these findings were first published in The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
The project was prepared by al-Mutawakel Taha, a senior official with the PA Ministry of Information. He is also a prominent Palestinian poet and writer.
Taha’s “study” concluded that the Western Wall was never a Jewish site, but had always belonged to Muslims. He wrote that the Western Wall, known to Muslims as Al-Buraq Wall, is actually the western wall of the Al-Aksa Mosque.
Gershon Baskin, the joint CEO of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, sent a letter to the Palestinian leadership in the wake of the Post article, calling the findings “a serious mistake” and “a stain on the Palestinian Authority.”
“If the content of the article is correct, you should take immediate action against the author of the report in question (if he is in fact employed by the PA or by the PLO) because his baseless claims are a serious blow to the legitimacy of Palestinian claims and make a mockery of the idea of peace between the Palestinians and the Jews,” Baskin wrote. “This is a most serious mistake, similar to the one of the late President Arafat when he denied any Jewish connection to the Holy Temple Mount (Haram Al-Sharif) in Jerusalem.
“Any observer, even a non-professional archeologist, can discern that the stones used to construct the Western Wall (the Kotel) are from the era of Solomon’s Temple and the Temple rebuilt by King Herod which was hundreds of years before Islam appeared on the world stage.
“The falsification of history, as done in the report by the Palestinian poet Al- Mutawakel Taha, a senior official with the Ministry of Information, is a serious stain on the Palestinian Authority.”
Moreover, it shows that the Palestinians - via their representatives in the Palestinian Authority - have no intention of ever living peaceably alongside a Jewish state of Israel, or accepting a two-state solution. Further, the Palestinian Authority is actively ignoring its obligations under the Oslo Accords to cease and desist from inciting Palestinians to violence and indoctrinating yet another generation of Palestinians to refuse to recognize Israel's rights to exist and Jews' longstanding ties to the region.
It once again highlights the reason that peace talks have gone nowhere between Israelis and Palestinians - the Palestinians clearly have no interest in peace with Israel and are undertaking every opportunity to undermine Israel's rights and historical claims. The Palestinians are hoping to substitute their revisionist history for the facts as they have been for more than 2,000 years.