Gov’t ‘Rains Out’ Jews from Patriarchs’ Cave

Heavy rains forced Jews out of the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hevron on the Sabbath because of lack of government funds for maintenance, according to the Hevron Jewish community.

Israel was happy to receive the much needed rain and snow which helped replenish the Kinneret and underground water sources, but the flooding of the holy site in Hevron came days after the government refused to add the Patriarchs’ Cave to the list of places designated for special additional funding.

Two years, ago the government added the holy sites to Israel’s list of “heritage sites.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the time, “Rachel’s Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the over 3,500-year old resting places of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish People – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel – certainly deserve preservation and rehabilitation.”


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