The security arrangements at Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem are insufficient to protect the 120,000 visitors expected for the anniversary of Rachel's death next week, the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Subcommittee for Civil and Security Issues in Judea and Samaria determined during a visit to the site on Thursday.
Rachel's Tomb is in a neighborhood controlled by the Palestinian Authority, and can only be reached through one narrow road, according to a statement released by the subcommittee. In addition, compound is not built to accommodate such a large amount of visitors.
Subcommittee and coalition chairman MK Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) said that "doing simple math is enough to understand that during the event's busiest hours, between eight p.m. and one a.m., there will be huge crowds, and visitors will be stuck for at least two hours in the waiting area for buses," which is located in Jerusalem.
UTJ MK Israel Eichler said that the state makes a greater effort and is more prepared for Christian events in Bethlehem or Muslim events on the Temple Mount.
"We can already see that the whole plan is a failure, even before the event occurs," MK Arye Eldad (National Union) said.