One morning last week Likud MK Limor Livnat was
interviewed on an early morning Israel TV news show. Limor
is a young, right-wing, up and coming leader of the
Likud. On the morning she was interviewed she, along
with a group Likud MK's, was due to visit Gush Etzion-
Efrat in the morning and then later on, Kiryat Arba-
The interviewer, one of the many leftists comprising
the Israeli media, asked Limor why she was visiting Gush-
Etzion-Efrat. Livnat then explained the strategic value
of the entire area, especially regarding Jerusalem.
These communities form a belt around Jerusalem,
protecting the capital from foreign aggression.
The interviewer then queried: "OK, I understand the
importance of Gush Etzion to Jerusalem, but what about
Hebron? Why are you going to Hebron? How is Hebron
connected to Jerusalem?
Limor Livnat looked at the woman interviewing her
and responded, "A Jew wouldn't ask a question like that."
How is Jerusalem connected to Hebron? Ask any of
the 100,000, yes ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND people who visited
Hebron since the beginning of the festival of Succot, a
week ago. This morning Ma'arat HaMachpela was so crowded
that there wasn't enough room for people to pray inside.
Some worshipers were forced to either pray outside or
wait for the crowd to thin out.
On Yom Kippur there was a Bit Milan at the Ma'ara,
on Thursday there were two such circumcisions, and this
morning there was another. On Thursday there was, in
addition to the Brit, a Bar-Mitzvah. Yesterday there was
also a Bar Mitzvah at the Ma'ara.
As you can see, activity in Hebron has far from
subsided. To the contrary, more and more people are
arriving, touring, and celebrating. If there was any
thought that with the signing of the Oslo Accords, and
their Knesset approval, we were going to throw up our
hands and give up, well, whoever thought that, was just
plain wrong. And it's not just the Jewish Community of
Hebron - the famous `500' that Rabin keeps calling `400'
residents. Rather it's all of Am Yisrael. One hundred
thousand people is a lot of people - and that is about
one fifth of the number of visitors who have made their
way to Hebron this last year, since the Ma'ara was
reopened last winter.
Over and over, again and again, Jews from Israel and
from the Diaspora are saying: Hebron is not an Arab city
- Hebron is a JEWISH CITY! Ma'arat HaMachpela is not a
mosque - Ma'arat HaMachpela is THE CAVES OF THE
PATRIARCHS, THE FIRST JEWISH POSSESSION IN THE LAND OF
ISRAEL! And this is the answer to the question asked
constantly: "What are you going to do now? How will you
continue to live in Hebron? Tens and hundreds of
thousands of Jews, pouring in to the City of Abraham - in
spite of everything, and maybe because of everything,
proving that the attachment of the Jewish People to the
Land of Israel, to Eretz Yisrael, is more resolute than
any piece of paper, is more tenacious than any signature.
The connection between Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael is as
eternal as time itself, as proven this week.
The 100,000 in Hebron this week know that if their
is no Hebron, there is no Jerusalem. If we haven't any
rights to Ma'arat HaMachpela, we will not be able to
withstand pressure concerning Temple Mount, the Western
Wall. This is as clear as daylight to anyone with open
eyes. Unfortunately, the Israeli media is, for the most-
part, blind. However, that will pass also.
Am Yisrael - Keep it up! "Netzach Yisrael Lo Yishaker" -
"The Eternal One of Yisrael will not lie or change his
mind, for he is not a man that he should change his mind"
Hebron and Jerusalem - Forever!
Am Yisrael Chai!