These include four known ancient inscriptions that mention "Israel," such as the Merneptah Stele (an inscription from the time of Egyptian king Merneptah in 1200 BCE, son of Pharaoh Ramses II of the Exodus story); the Tel Dan Stele (in which King Hazael of Aram-Damascus in the 9th century BCE boasts of his victories over the king of Israel and his ally the king of the "House of David"); the Mesha Stele
(found on the banks of the Dead Sea, in which the king of Moav celebrates his victories over the Jewish kings of the Omri house, closely paralleling the text of Kings 11:3); and the Assyrian Kurkh Monoliths (which seem to reference King Ahab of Israel).
Amman, July 28 (Petra) -- French ambassador to Jordan, Caroline Dumas, said her country's government is well aware of the historical importance of the Mesha Stele
, which has been in the Louvre Museum since 150 years, and stressed that the French government welcomes dialogue over returning this artifact to Jordan.
In the Mesha stele
, a tablet discovered in what is now Jordan, the king of ancient Moab declares that he fought against a Jewish king, but was victorious, adding: "And Israel suffered everlasting destruction.