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Attorney Elyakim Haetzni on August 29, 2022

Attorney and former MK Elyakim Haetzni, a long-time resident of Kiryat Arba and Hebron, passed away Sunday at the age of 96.

Born George Bombach in Kiel, Germany in 1926, Haetzni immigrated to pre-state Israel in 1938 following Kristallnacht with his parents and sister. The family settled in Jerusalem.

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A member of the Haganah, Haetzni was wounded in the 1948 War of Independence, spending 18 months in a hospital to recover from his wounds.

He later went on to earn a law degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, graduating in 1954.

An attorney who began his career in Tel Aviv in 1961, Haetzni was among those who re-established the Etzion Bloc following Israel’s victory in the 1967 Six Day War.

A strong right-wing political activist, in 1972 Haetzni was among the founders of Kiryat Arba, and helped re-establish the Jewish community in Hebron.

Haetzni became a member of the Yesha Council, and joined the Tehiya party, taking a spot on the party’s 1988 Knesset candidate list. He entered Israel’s 12th Knesset in January 1990 as a replacement for Rabbi Eliezer Waldman, another founding member of Kiryat Arba, serving until 1992.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

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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.
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