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Between Kafr Qasem and Hebron

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The criticism of President Isaac Herzog’s plans to visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron doesn’t stem, as his critics maintain, from a desire to preserve the non-partisanship of the presidency. To the contrary, it comes from a desire to turn the president into the political representative of a small minority.

During Hanukkah, Herzog will be participating in 15 candle-lighting ceremonies, one of which is in Hebron. His critics are demanding that he depart from what was customary among his predecessors and steer clear of the city. That’s not a level-headed public stance but rather the extreme fantasy of a fringe.

The Tomb of the Patriarchs is one of the most important Jewish heritage sites in the country. Since the Six-Day War, it has been a destination for visits by the country’s leaders. Reuven Rivlin visited on several occasions as president and made moving remarks while dedicating a museum there. Senior members of the Labor Party and the Labor Alignment that preceded it also visited the site, including Yigal Allon, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin. In........

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