Kadima MK promises Hebron expansion

Otniel Schneller: Settlements in Hebron to expand and remain within Israel.

May 25, 2006 23:18
1 minute read.
schneller 88

schneller 88. (photo credit: )


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 analysis 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 experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • 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


Israel will enlarge Jewish settlement enclaves in Hebron and include them within the country's final borders, MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima), who is helping to formulate Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's realignment plan, said Thursday. It is the first time someone working on the plan has said that Israel intends to allow the Jewish settlement in Hebron to grow, although Schneller stressed that he was speaking in a personal capacity. The High Court of Justice in January forced eight families to leave eight empty market stalls they had turned into homes just beyond the Avraham Avinu neighborhood. It also forced three families to leave a home outside the same neighborhood earlier this month. But in spite of these two moves, Schneller said that the Jewish neighborhoods of Hebron would be connected to the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba, and the two communities would be included in Israel. "The Jewish neighborhood in Hebron will grow" and be linked to Kiryat Arba, Schneller told The Jerusalem Post. "Hebron and Kiryat Arba are supposed to be part of the Israeli state." Olmert's government has not spoken formally of its plans for Hebron. A government source said he did not want to comment specifically on Schneller's comments but added that Israel has always planned to retain the holy sites in Hebron. Noam Arnon, a spokesman for Hebron's Jewish community, said former prime minister Ariel Sharon had already stated and always insisted that Hebron's Jewish community would remain part of Israel's final borders. AP contributed to this report.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

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


Cookie Settings