Israel 2014--Dan Jerusalem; Day 3
DAY 3 – JERUSALEM- Our morning takes us to the MT OF OLIVES for an overview.
Next we learn about Israel’s history at the ISRAEL MUSEUM, visiting the MODEL OF SECOND TEMPLE JERUSALEM, the SHRINE OF THE BOOK, the museum of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL WING with finds that reveal Israel’s past.
We then have a reflective visit to YAD VASHEM, the holocaust memorial. Return to the to the Dan Jerusalem.
The walls around the Old City of Jerusalem are not from the Biblical day, but are nearly 500 years old, and are built approximately where the original walls existed. In 1967, the Six Day War was a providential victory for Israel, giving access to Israelis access to not only the Old City but Temple Mount, which had been previously forbidden under Jordanian rule. Three/fifths of Jerusalem's 830,000 residents are Jewish (515,000), a little more than a third are Muslim (290,500) and only two percent are Christian (16,600).