(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Some 17,000 people attended a rally in Hebron on Monday that kicked off celebrations marking the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War. The war led to Israel gaining control over Hebron and the rest of Judea and Samaria, as well as eastern Jerusalem. A number of Israeli Knesset members and cabinet ministers attended Monday’s event.
During Passover, areas in Hebron that are normally off limits to Jews due to security reasons have been opened. Only Jews were allowed to access the Cave of the Patriarchs holy site on Monday and Tuesday, to reduce potential friction with Muslim worshippers. The Israel Defense Forces and the Israel Police bolstered their presence in the area.