A New Community on the Mount of Olives (Har HaZeitim)
|View from Har HaZeitim (Mount of Olives)|
We received an email from a group called United With Israel. On 31 January, 2011, a cornerstone laying ceremony was held for four new apartment buildings, each three stories high. In attendance at the ceremony were Knesset members, Jerusalem city councilmen, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and actor Jon Voight.
This new community on the Mount of Olives is being developed by Beit Orot. In addition to its core educational and reclamation objectives, Beit Orot aims social activities to helping various sectors of Israeli society. The community will house the Irving Moskowitz Yeshiva & Campus (a hesder yeshiva) that is the nucleus of this new neighborhood located on the strategically crucial northern ridge of Har HaZeitim. There are an estimated 150,000 graves on the Mount, including tombs traditionally associated with Zechariah and Avshalom. On the upper slope, the traditional Tomb of the Prophets Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi is situated. At the foot of the Mount of Olives lies the Garden of Gethsemane.
In this clip provided by Arutz 7, Mike Huckabee speaks at the cornerstone ceremony…