In recent days, German public broadcasting service Deutsche Welle has commendably corrected two basic facts concerning key Israeli locations: the nation’s capital is Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv, and the ancient Jewish temples were indeed located on the Temple Mount.
First, an English-language Jan. 2 subheading and tweet had wrongly referred to Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel, using the common journalistic practice of referring to a nation’s capital city as shorthand for the country’s government. The inaccurate wording in both was “Tel Aviv has not yet commented on the incident.”
Hey, @dwnews. Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv, is Israel’s capital. Check yourself against your own Arabic service, which didn’t mess up after getting past the learning curve on this https://t.co/1SCgDOUSDo (1/3) https://t.co/Gmo8Af1jMa
— Tamar Sternthal (@TamarSternthal) January 2, 2023
Separately, Deutsche Welle today commendably corrected an English-language article yesterday which misreported the location of the first and second Jewish temples on the Temple Mount as a question of belief, while in actuality it is a matter of archeological fact. The article had stated: “Until its destruction by the Romans in A.D. 70, the Second Jewish Temple was believed to have been located [on the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary” (“Why Jerusalem’s holy site is in the spotlight once again, emphasis added).
An earlier version of this article misstated the question that many books and scholarly treatises have never definitively answered concerning the two ancient Jewish temples. The question is where precisely on the 37-acre Temple Mount site the temples had once stood, not whether the temples had ever existed there.