Is archaeology only important for those who like history? Not at all. Archaeology is important for anyone who thinks that the truth is an important value. With every discovery in the Land of Israel, another layer of proof is revealed of the fact that the Land of Israel is the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people.
The Jewish people were not the first people to set foot in the Land of Israel. The Middle East includes the fertile crescent, or what is often referred to as the cradle of civilization, in Mesopatamia. Today, that area is mainly the area that is called Iraq. That is where the history of the Jewish people also began. Abraham was born in Iraq. He left because God commanded him to go to the Land of Israel. So Abraham – who’s name was Abram, not yet Abraham – and his wife sojourned to the Promised Land. God commanded him to go and promised him that it would be his for his children and all of his descendants for all time. This was nearly 4,000 years ago!
The Jewish people lived in the Land of Israel for around 2,000 years until they were forcibly exiled. That was all 500-600 years before the advent of Islam. So, there should not be any debate about who the indigenous people are in the Land of Israel. But when archaeological proof is brought that furthers the narrative that there was a vibrant Jewish commonwealth in the Land of Israel for such a long time, it drives the message home on a different level. The Jewish people returned to the Land of Israel. The Arabs who yell and scream that this is their Land – for the most part – are nothing more than a recent addition to the Land of Israel in the last century or two, who came searching to upscale their financial situation. Now, they claim that they have been here for thousands of years. That is an exaggeration – by thousands of years. The Jewish people are the only people who have a history that goes back that long in the Land of Israel. Archaeology proves it.