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Netanyahu: Jewish People Have ‘Deep Connection to Hebron’

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Swastikas at Avraham spring, Hebron. Photo: Yonatan Atiya/Tazpit News Agency. A day before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the Israeli leader sent a letter of support to the Jewish community of Hebron. Several hundred Jews live in the majority Palestinian city that is home to the Cave of the Patriarchs, a significant holy site for Jews.

“Our deep connection to Hebron, in permanent and temporary settlement, in the journeys of pilgrims and the longing of worshippers, never stopped and never ceased,” Netanyahu wrote, according to the Times of Israel.

“Not for nothing the Israeli government included the Cave of the Patriarchs in its list of national heritage sites,” the prime minister added in a letter that came days before the Sabbath reading of the “Chayei Sarah” Torah portion, the story of Abraham’s purchase of the Cave of the Patriarchs to bury his wife Sarah.

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