Chile miners at ceremony.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
The 33 Chilean miners who captured the world's attention surviving 69 days in a collapsed mine have accepted an Israeli invitation to visit the Holy Land for Christmas.
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Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor says the Chilean ambassador has confirmed the miners would come.
Palmor says Israel offered the miners an all expenses paid, weeklong tour of Christian holy sites and other attractions over the holidays.
Palmor also says the miners want to bring their families and Israel is considering it. He spoke on Thursday.
On Wednesday, it was reported that the miners had said they want to be accompanied on the trip by 70 of their
family members, including children, grandchildren and mothers. One of
the miners has asked to bring his mistress as well as his wife.
The miners were trapped in a San Jose mine following a tunnel collapse
on August 5. They were extracted last month in a spectacular rescue
operation, ascending from the depths in a narrow capsule as the world
watched.JTA contributed to this report.