MK Ariel Proposes Hevron Renewal Program
(IsraelNN.com) National Union Knesset Member Uri Ariel has proposed a renewal program for the Jewish community in Hevron, which would attract 10,000 residents. Writing in the weekly Torah study sheet M'at Min Ha'or (literally "a little bit from the light"), MK Ariel urged the creation of a Hevron development group that would facilitate buying Arab property. He wrote that there are several building programs that have been approved but are being held up by the government.
He also proposed enlarging archaeological projects in the city and increasing tourism. MK Ariel and his family stayed in Hevron this past Sabbath, when the Torah reading of the week opens up with the purchase by Abraham of the Patriarchs' Cave, where forefathers and three matriarchs are buried.