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Thursday, February 25, 2010
JPOST US displeasure with the designations of the Cave of the Patriarchs in the flash point town of Hebron and the traditional tomb of the biblical matriarch Rachel in Bethlehem had been conveyed to senior Israeli officials by American diplomats.

Hebron is one of the oldest Jewish cities in Israel - with the exceptions of the short periods after the Arabs massacred all the Jewish residents - Hebron has had a continuous Jewish presence for all those 3000 years.

(My extended family are among the landowners there.)

Kever Rachel goes back even hundreds of years earlier than Hevron becoming a Jewish city (in the time of Joshua). And our connection the Ma'arat Hamachpelah goes even further back to Abraham.

We know Obama has problems with historical facts relating to his own country, but does he really need to stick his revisionist nose into ours?


Jonathan said...

How does Kever Rachel pre-date the Ma'arah, given that Avraham and Sarah were two generations before Ya'akov and Rachel?

Perhaps we should file a complaint over the US's upkeep of the Washington monument? That would be comparable.

JoeSettler said...

I meant that as a Jewish city, Hebron post-dates Kever Rachel as it become such only at the time of Joshua.

As a Jewish site, it became such with Avraham.

I will make the post a little clearer.

Mark @ Israel said...

Obama may have some problems understanding his own history. Thus he creates a more intense problem when he dealing with the history of other nations even as he responds to the changing situation of the Jews.

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