Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Picture a Day -- King David's Citadel - Part 1 - The Turks

The Citadel and Tower today
The structure is one of the most famous landmarks in Jerusalem, standing like a sentry at Jaffa Gate.  But "King David's Citadel" as we know it certainly does not date back to King David's time. 

Click to view Part 2 -- The Citadel and the British

Troops drilling circa 1900

Archeologists have found traces of previous fortresses dating back to Herod 2,000 years ago.  The Romans garrisoned troops there after destroying the Jewish Temples.  Arab, Crusader and Mamluk conquerers used the site for their troops.

The current structure was built in the 1500s by the Ottomans who added a mosque and the famous minaret that stands above the Citadel.  The Ottoman Turks used the Citadel as barracks and parade grounds.  Today's "Picture of the Day" publishes pictures of King David's Citadel as it was used by the Turks until 1917. 

Late in 1917 the British defeated the Turks, and for the next 30 years the British army ruled the Citadel and King David's Tower. Stay tuned for Picture a Day, Part 2, featuring the British army.

Today, the Citadel houses a magnificent museum, and the adjoining barracks area is an Israeli police station.
Turkish officers  circa 1910

Turkish soldiers circa 1910


  1. Israel, no restraint, no concession to the Arabs rev.

    Any restraint is counterproductive. Israel must respond with maximum extreme force. This is the only way to subdue the enemy. This is the enemy that wants to throw you into the sea.

    I would gladly support a major offensive against Gaza or any other Arab Palestinians that are hurting Israelis in any shape or form.

    Many years ago when Sharon was defense minister of Israel (while his wife was alive) his policy was, any violent acts by the Palestinian Arabs were returned with extreme force, and it worked.

    Why have we changed tactics, have we become too soft, too worried about world opinion. We are paying for this behavior with Israeli lives and damage to Israel's economy. With this approach, matters will only get worse, as the past has proven. The Arabs treat concessions and lack of extreme response as a sign of weakness.

    People of the world ultimately respect a government that protects its people at any cost. Not a government that causes its people to run to shelters constantly and more.

    Let us go back to the old ways and respond with very extreme force, no restraint, no concession. You will see in the long run, it will bring a much more peaceful life in Israel.

    Terror should be handled in the following manner. When a poison strikes the human body, the only way to address it, is to remove it and destroy it completely.

    If the Arabs cannot control their own people, extreme or not, they will have to pay the price.

    There is a divine statement that says “if someone comes to kill you, you should beat him to it, and kill him first.

    Let us celebrate living in safety in Greater Israel.

    Remember the Arabs are the occupiers.

    Greater Israel belongs to the Jewish people for over 3,000 years.

    King David fought many wars to bring peace to Israel; he did not use restraint at all, only extreme force.

    The expanded Land of Greater Israel from Nile to Euphrates has enough territory to settle all the Israelites together with the strangers among them! There is an opinion that the entire population of the world could be placed in the state of Texas, which consist of 268,820 square miles or 696,200 square kilometers. By comparison, the Biblical Land of Israel is not “tiny” at all. Its borders will include the Eastern part of Egypt, Sinai, Lebanon, Jordan, island of Cyprus, part of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Syria, parts of Iraq and Turkey. It is estimated that the Promised Land is eight times the size of Texas. The population of all the children of Israel is much less than that of the whole world. It would be no problem to accommodate all Israelites on their Land. Especially, as the prophets say, all the Arab and Muslim enemy-nations surrounding Israel will have been defeated and expelled out of the Land. Their lands will be repossessed by Israelites.
    “Those who laid you waste depart from you. They that swallowed thee up shall be far away” (Isaiah 49:17, 19).
    The Qur'an 17:104 - states the land belongs to the Jewish people

    YJ Draiman

  2. No Jew has the right to yield the rights of the Jewish People in Israel -
    David Ben Gurion
    (David Ben-Gurion was the first Prime Minister of Israel and widely hailed as the State's main founder).
    "No Jew has the right to yield the rights of the Jewish People in Israel.
    No Jew has the authority to do so.
    No Jewish body has the authority to do so.
    Not even the entire Jewish People alive today has the right to yield any part of Israel.
    It is the right of the Jewish People over the generations, a right that under
    no conditions can be cancelled.
    Even if Jews during a specific period proclaim they are relinquishing this right, they have neither the power nor the authority to deny it to future generations.
    No concession of this type is binding or obligates the Jewish People. Our right to the country - the entire country - exists as an eternal right, and we shall not yield this historic right until its full and complete redemption is realized."
    (David Ben Gurion, Zionist Congress, Basel, Switzerland, 1937.)
    "No country in the world exists today by virtue of its 'right'.
    All countries exist today by virtue of their ability to defend themselves against those who seek their destruction."
    “Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope”