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Palestinians repair damage caused by construction near Joshua’s altar

In a letter to the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Defense Minister Benny Gantz says authorities have looked into claims that Palestinian construction in early February damaged an archeological site on Mount Ebal in the West Bank that many believe to contain the biblical Joshua’s altar.

Gantz says no damage was caused to the altar site itself, but only to an external retaining wall of the complex.

He says local Palestinian leadership said the damage was caused by mistake and have since repaired it.

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