31 Dec. 1997
General view of the Dome of the Rock mosque and the old city of Jerusalem December 31. [Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper said on December 31 that Israel's chief army rabbi urged blowing up the familiar gold-topped shrine after its capture by Israeli troops in 1967. Former General Uzi Narkiss, under whose command Israel captured the site, told the newspaper he rejected the proposal. Narkiss gave the interview in May on condition nothing be published until after his death. He died two weeks ago].