By MATTHEW KALMAN
“JERUSALEM, August 1 – In a stunning about-turn, after losing a 10-year legal effort to prove that an Israeli antiquities collector faked an inscription from Solomon’s Temple, Israel’s deputy state attorney begged the high court in Jerusalem on Wednesday to allow the Israeli government to keep the artifact on the grounds that it is “an antiquity.”
Oded Golan, the Israeli antiquities collector who was acquitted of forging the Jehoash Tablet after a seven-year criminal trial, said he had offered to loan it to a museum for study and public display, but he would fight the attempts by the state to confiscate it.”
As Kalman says, and even the Judge says, you can’t have it both ways. Either it is an antiquity, or its a forged antiquity, in which case it’s just a piece of ancient rock, not an antiquity. Stay tuned. Perhaps they will reverse themselves, finally, on the James Ossuary as well.
Here’s the link to the full story.