Education Minister Gideon Saar defended his newly-unveiled plan to bring school children to the Tomb of the Patriarch is Hebron in an Army Radio interview on Wednesday.
The point of the tours, he said, is to create a historic connection with a place that Jews have lived in through all the generations.
The education minister said he wanted the youth to know as much about their history...about King David for example, as they know about Big Brother
or Beauty and the Geek
(reality television shows).
Questioned about whether the children should be taught also about the problems faced by the Palestinians of Hebron, Saar quickly dismissed the notion, saying it would turn a historical and educational issue into a political one. He added that full security arrangements will exist.
Following Saar's interview, former education minister Professor Amnon Rubenstein took issue with the idea of taking children to see the Tomb of the Patriarchs without "showing them the price paid by Palestinians in Hebron."
Rubenstein also said he thinks it is very bad for an education minister to involve himself in matter such as field trips. He noted that there are managers and heads of departments who are closely engaged with schools and their principles on those issues.