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The Knesset Lobby for Greater Israel plans to visit Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs on Sunday, to protest the site’s exclusion from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Heritage Plan, which marks 100 historic, religious and cultural sites for preservation and renovation.
The parliamentarians have timed their visit to coincide with Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting, where Netanyahu plans to unveil the NIS 399 million plan, which also includes two hiking trails from the North to the South.
Settlers have protested his exclusion of many West Bank biblical sites such as the Cave of the Patriarchs, Rachel’s Tomb, Shiloh and Beit El.
The West Bank sites of Herodion, Sussiya and Qumran are in the list. The Prime Minister’s Office has refused to comment on the details of the list, but said that it was not finalized and that additions could be made with the help of a special committee that would be created.