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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens government cabinet meeting.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday to abandon its foolish dreams of extracting the Jewish presence from Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs.

Speaking in opening remarks at a meeting of the government cabinet, Netanyahu sent his condolences to the family of an Israeli who succumbed in the morning from wounds suffered Dec 7 in a terror attack in Hebron.

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“I ask that you convey my condolences to the family of Genady Kaufman,” Netanyahu began at the start of the meeting. “Genady was the gardener of the Cave of the Patriarchs,” Netanyahu explained. “He was stabbed in a murderous attack a few weeks ago. To our sorrow, he did not win the battle to recover [from his wounds.]”

The Cave of the Patriarchs, a sacred place in Judaism, is located in the ancient Biblical city of Hebron. It is written in the Torah that it was purchased by the patriarch Avraham upon the death of his wife, the Biblical matriarch Sarah, to be used as a burial site. Eventually the Cave became the Tomb for nearly all of the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs: it is believed to be the burial place of Avraham, Sarah, Yitzchak, Rivkah, Yaakov, Leah and it is also believed to be the ancient grave site of Adam and Eve. Muslims revere the site since Avraham is considered to be a prophet in Islam, as the father of Ishmael.

The site – and the city surrounding it – has become a flashpoint for Arab violence. Hebron was divided into Arab and Jewish areas under the Oslo Accords, with the Arab areas kept under the control of the Palestinian Authority. But the city which was occupied by Jordan from 1948 to 1967, may once again become a battleground as Arab terrorists escalate their attacks against Jews in and around the city – and particularly at the site of the Cave of the Patriarchs, where Muslims continue to insist Jews should not be allowed to pray at all. Moreover, Hebron has in recent years become a stronghold for various terror organizations which have planted planted regional offices in the city.

“Even this morning, I say to each person who tries to uproot us from the Cave of the Patriarchs: We have been there – with the exception of a few years in the previous century – for four millenia.

“We will be there forever. You cannot defeat us.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

8 COMMENTS

  1. There were Arab riots in Hebron, with Jews being killed in 1929a nd again in 1936. Then there was no Israel, no Jewish State, no "settlements", no PLO, no Hamas. There were no convienent "excuses". Jews were killed because they were Jews. Simple…. Hebron is Jewish! Now, then, and forever!
    Never Again!

  2. Indeed, but there’s no damned way I’m going to live in one.. not for their psychological wants.. you want to live like a dog and please sir can i have a piece of bread to eat life ?? then that’s your predicament.. since when are we eligible to live a s swine on the basis of death squads on a rampage… what are you living under ??.. either eradicate the swine’s or be with them.. your choice. were not obligated to trash,. other than to wipe THEM, out. Either deal with the problem, gun up of off and dont tv moan over it.. You think they give a ??.. They’d applaud you for doing them ffs.

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