JERUSALEM – Turkiye has officially denied the claims that an ancient inscription found in East Jerusalem and brought to Istanbul during the Ottoman period will be delivered to Israel.
The Times of Israel news website had reported on March 12 that Turkiye had agreed to return the 2,700-year-old Siloam inscription to Israel as a gesture during Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s visit to Ankara.
Preserved at Istanbul Archaeological Museum, the inscription is known as one of the oldest and most important Hebrew inscriptions in existence.
Turkish diplomatic sources have said that the inscription was discovered in 1880 in East Jerusalem which was under the Turkish Ottoman Empire at that time and that the historical artefact will not be relocated.
According to Israeli news reports, Tel Aviv had repeatedly sought the return of the artefact in the past but had always been rejected.