Haaretz - Likud MK: Not even 'Hussein Obama' will remove us from Hebron
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Last update - 19:10 01/04/2010
Likud MK: Not even 'Hussein Obama' will remove us from Hebron
By Chaim Levinson, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
Thousands of Israelis gathered Thursday at the Cave of the Patriarchs
in the West Bank city of Hebron to celebrate the addition of the
location to Israel's list of national heritage sites, a move initiated
by the Land of Israel caucus in the Knesset.
"Nothing will move us from Hebron, not even 'Hussein Obama,'" MK Ayoob
Kara (Likud) said to the celebrating crowd.
"The people of Israel will continue to settle the entire land of
Israel,' he added.
Bus loads of people arrived at the controversial site in Hebron from the
early hours of the morning, including several right-wing members of Knesset.
MK Gila Gamliel (Likud), who joined in the celebration, said that
Jerusalem will forever remain the capital of Israel, and Hebron has
always been a part of Israel.
Earlier on Thursday, an Israeli woman was lightly hurt after
Palestinians hurled stones at the tour bus she was riding on in Hebron.
The bus, which was bringing the tourists to the Cave of the Patriarchs
in Hebron, mistakenly entered the Palestinian part of the city and was
stoned by school students.
Israel Defense Forces soldiers deployed to the area to disperse the
crowd. The injured woman was taken to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein
Karem, for treatment.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced last month that the Cave of
the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem would both be
added to the list of national heritage sites that the government plans
The move drew protests from the Palestinians, who said it could ignite a
religious war, and criticism from the United Nations and United States,
who said the designation of the two sites could harm efforts to renew
peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
MKs who worked toward having the two shrines declared heritage sites
were to receive special certificates of appreciation and a musical
program was scheduled for Thursday's ceremony.
The Cave of the Patriarchs was to be open only to Jews for the day.