March 24, 2010 Reuters
Walking atop the massive stone steps of the Silwan Pool — or the Pool of Siloam — which he excavated in 2004, Reich dodges crowds of tourists. According to scripture, Jesus healed a blind man here. “I’m being looked at by religious extremists on all sides, the municipality, and the Antiquities Authority. Everybody is pushing his side,” says Ronny Reich, an archaeologist from the University of Haifa in northern Israel.