Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz visited the Beit Hamachpela (House of the Patriarchs) building in Hebron on Tuesday morning to support the families living there, Israel Radio reported. The minister placed a mezuza there and said he was convinced that Jews would live in the disputed apartment building.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday night asked the Defense
Ministry to delay Tuesday’s 3 p.m. voluntary evacuation order for Beit
Hamachpela – to allow the 15 Jewish families that reside there the
opportunity to make their legal case.
"There is no unusual security situation here," said Katz. "If someone had come and challenged the legality of the acquisition of this property, then it would be necessary to deal with this claim. As soon as it is clear that the purchase was legitimate and that there were no rights violations committed, the Israeli government should support the settlers."
Tovah Lazaroff and Yaakov Katz contributed to this report
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