LONDON (AP) — Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, toppling the prime minister Friday, sending global markets plunging and shattering the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III.
The Jewish historian, Josephus, writes in “Antiquities of the Jews 8.6” about a city in central Syria northeast of Damascus and southwest of the Euphrates River called Tadmor which was built and fortified by King Solomon. It became a vital caravan city and was known as the Bride of the Desert. The Greeks called it Palmyra, meaning Palm Tree. It was mentioned as far back as the 2nd millenium BC and It eventually became an important trade route linking Persia, India, China and the Roman Empire.