Interior minister raises Rosh Hashana toast in Hebron

Yishai, who also holds title of deputy prime minister, says "nation that denies its past has no future."

September 16, 2009 00:36
1 minute read.
eli yishai with ovadia picture behind him

Yishai 248.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

As Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu discussed a settlement freeze with US envoy George Mitchell on Tuesday, Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who holds the title of deputy prime minister, was praising the settlers of Hebron. Yishai held a pre-Rosh Hashana toast in Kiryat Arba with heads of local authorities from across the country. He also visited the Cave of the Patriarchs, the Shavei Hebron yeshiva, and local charities. "A nation that denies its past has no future," Yishai said on the tour, according to his associates. Yishai, who was recently added to the prestigious, seven-member inner cabinet, reiterated on the tour that he opposes freezing settlement construction in Judea and Samaria but would agree to temporarily downscale building in the area as a tactical move. "Here in Hebron, the people of Israel began," Yishai told the mayors at Hebron's Gutnick Hall. "That's why this is such an appropriate place to hold such a gathering in honor of Rosh Hashana." Union of Local Authorities head Shlomo Buhbut, who is a former Labor MK, pledged to fight on behalf of local authorities in Judea and Samaria. Yishai's spokesman said after the event that it was planned well in advance and it was not timed to coincide with Netanyahu's meeting with Mitchell or to pressure the prime minister. Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat is expected to come out against a settlement freeze for the first time on a visit to Eli in Samaria on Wednesday.

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town