The Cave of the Patriarchs is Judaism's second holiest site and has been designated a National Heritage Site by the Israeli government. From the Travels of Reb Benjamin of Tudelah (1173):"And in the valley is the Cave of Machpela, if a Jew should pay the Ishmaelite watchman, he will open for him an iron gate. From there one descends stairs with a candle in hand. Upon reaching the third cave one will find six graves. These are the graves of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and opposite them, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah, And inside the cave are many barrels, filled with bones of Israelites who would bring the bones of their dead to the Cave in the age of Israel.
The area around Hevron has always been a hot spot and now the temperatures have been upped. Arutz 7 has reported that the Palestinian Authority is building a "new" neighborhood next to the resting place of our forefathers and mothers in an area that is under "Full Israeli Control". As if this isn't bad enough, the "New Neighbours" are going to be freed terrorists and their families brought in from other cities and towns of Judea and Samaria!
Security people say they are aware of the risk but attempts to bring the issue up have been blocked "out of political considerations" ...
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