Recently, excavations were undertaken in the basement level of the Frumin building on King George Street in the heart of Jerusalem. Workers were surprised to find a large volume of water flowing into the excavation. They initially assumed the water was the result of a broken water pipe but soon discovered that the source was a previously unknown natural source.
The three-story building was originally intended to be a six-story office building but construction was halted in the 1947 War of Independence. It was chosen to house the Knessets of Israel and after completion, housed the first to fifth Knessets from 1955 until 1966. The construction was intended to create a Knesset museum.
The construction workers also discovered an old water pump, indicating that at one point, the water source had been known and utilized. No records have been found in the Knesset archives indicating knowledge of the water source.
It is described as a “massive amount of water” that requires the installation of a pumping system to prevent the foundations of the building from being undermined, and the building itself from being flooded.
There is still no decision on how to deal with the hidden spring. And if after the completion of the works it will be possible to leave the water source open to the public or the water will be drained into the municipal water system. Rabbi Yosef Berger cited the prophecies describing water flowing from Jerusalem in the end-of-days, mot notably the Prophet Ezekiel:
Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.
3 And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. 4 Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. 5 Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.
6 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river. 7 When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. 8 Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. Ezekiel 47:1-8