Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to try to tighten Israelis' link to the Jewish people's historical homeland and the history of Zionism. This week he asked the cabinet to approve a plan for restoring and preserving historical and archaeological sites. At the last minute, he says, at the urging of his Shas coalition partners, Netanyahu added Rachel's Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs to the list of "heritage sites" that will be restored and preserved with government funds. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned the decision might "lead to a religious war" and Palestinian youths demonstrated near Rachel's Tomb and in the center of Hebron.
The unnecessary confrontation over the sites threatens to turn a welcome initiative - one...
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