(JNS.org) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited Hebron on Monday, becoming the first holder of his office to do so in 17 years. Rivlin attended the inaugural ceremony of a new visitors center at the Jewish Heritage Museum in Beit Hadassah, and visited Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs.
Hebron is home to about 250,000 Palestinians and 700 Jews.
“The [Jewish Heritage Museum] tells a 3,800-year story,” Rivlin said, Israel Hayom reported. “Even those who have different opinions regarding the presence of the Jewish community in Hebron cannot deny the deep connection of the Jewish people to the city.”