Antiquities battle pits Old City merchants against inspectors
The stock of legal antiquities in Israel has not been depleted, despite 35 years of brisk sales; the Israel Antiquities Authority thinks it knows why.
At the entrance to The Palace antiquity store in the Old City of Jerusalem, is a display window with 2,000-year-old ancient glass vessels. Or at least they look ancient. A foreign tourist entering the store seeking to buy a tiny Roman glass vial can expect to pay $600 for the privilege.