Hoping God would grace him twice, Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman
traveled to Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs on Monday to pray for electoral
victory for his party’s joint list with the Likud.
He drove up to the
cave in a gray van and was immediately mobbed by photographers and
Wearing a white kippa and a blue suit, he recalled for
reporters a trip he took to the cave right before Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu was elected to his first premiership in 1996.
“I was Likud’s
election headquarters manager. On election night, I sat together with Bibi
[Netanyahu] as the media reported that [current President Shimon] Peres had
“I told him this made no sense to me, as all day long I had received
reports from the field that we had won.
“We drove to the exhibition
grounds and thanked the party activists.
“I felt that moment that I had
to go to Hebron, to the Cave of the Patriarchs.
“So, with a small group,
at 2 or 3 in the morning, without security, we climbed the steps up to the tomb,
and were told that the tide had begun to turn and the counting had become a lot
closer. We went in and prayed,” he said.
Liberman glanced at the
stairwell leading to the cave and added, “When we exited, on those same steps,
we were told the final result. Likud had won, Bibi had won.
same impulse to visit here returned, and before this election, I felt I had to
Surrounded by Border Police and security guards, he entered
the cave. While he posed for the camera, he refused to take any
He then entered the Abraham and Sarah hall adjacent to
Abraham’s tomb and prayed.