Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar has announced a plan by which schoolchildren will tour Hebron and visit the holy site of the Cave of Patriarchs, located there.
During a tour of the city Sa'ar said the plan was adopted due to a request by the head of Kiryat Araba's council, Malachi Levinger, who asked that children be acquainted with Hebron as they are with Jerusalem, during school trips there.
The minister added that while he was government secretary, during the time in which Ariel Sharon was prime minister, the latter had said that "the State of Israel must make sure that every student, soldier, and ambassador visit the Cave of Patriarchs to get to know the roots of where it all began".
Levinger was pleased, saying that the plan would expose hundreds of children to Hebron, and the ancient Jewish history it represents, for the first time.
A ministry statement says schools and local councils who have agreed to the terms will take part in the tour of the city and its sites. "The education minister believes it is very important to get to know the people of Israel's historic roots in the Land of Israel," the statement says.
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