Temple Denial is the belief that no Jewish Temple ever existed in Jerusalem.
This claim, despite being counter to Islamic tradition, became internalized within Arab Palestinian academic, religious, and political circles following the 1967 Six-Day War.
Since the 2000 Camp David Summit, during which Yasser Arafat asserted that the Jewish Temple never existed in Jerusalem, “Temple Denial” has spread with increased virulence in an attempt to deny both Jewish authority and access to the Temple Mount and Western Wall.
Due to archaeological evidence, we now know – not estimate, but know – that this is exactly where the Temple stood – for more than 800 years.
Mahmoud Abbas and Yasser Arafat continued to claim that archaeological evidence is not conclusive.
No reasonable person could agree to this.
Temple denial is as reasonable as Holocaust denial.
With every archaeological discovery, the absurd claims become even more ridiculous.