Archaeology is a destructive process. It need be conducted under the most exacting and dedicated circumstances and methods. I have seen Archaeology become a weapon in the ideological and religious wars in Israel and fear for the truth. I am a citizen which committed some 5 years ago the most monstrous and wanton destruction of archaeological evidence in history - the extermination of Babylon to build a military base following the conquest of Iraq. I am well aware that what was done in an act of unconcerned vandalism by the Bush junta in Iraq could be mirrored in Jerusalem by EITHER fanatic Muslims or Jews who would rather the truth be lost to humanity, than humanity would know the truth. The Bush junta were just monsters who consider conserving anything an affront to their God. There are those in Israel and the Arab states, which would cheerfully destroy ANYTHING to 'prove' their version of God.
from the article: Mugrabi excavations delayed due to appeal by Arab minister