Turkish delegation inspects Mughrabi excavations

A Turkish delegation of seven professionals arrived in Israel Wednesday to inspect the construction work being carried out at the Mughrabi Gate. The delegation toured the Israel Antiquities Authority's facilities, the archeological garden and the Mughrabi Gate near the Temple Mount. The delegation also met with the Western Wall's rabbi and the Wakf. Last week, a UNESCO report on the controversial excavation near the Temple Mount concluded that the dig was not damaging the holy site. Nevertheless, the report called on Israel to suspend the dig to allow for international observation. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his interest in sending a team when he met Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Ankara in February. Olmert welcomed the idea, saying Israel had "nothing to hide."