"We came not only for historic reasons, but to make Arabs see that there is no place in the Land of Israel we cannot enter," MK Arieh Eldad (National Union) said later. The lawmakers entered the city on a guarded bus. Palestinian officers were deployed on main traffic routes.
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The tour was attended by Deputy Minister of Pensioner Affairs Lea Nass and Likud MKs Ze'ev Elkin, Danny Danon and Tzipi Hotovely as well as the entire National Union faction.
MKs in Joseph's Tomb (Photo: Knesset's Land of Israel Lobby)
"We signed a treaty defining our rights over the tomb and our demands," MK Eldad said at a press conference after the tour.
Settler leaders including Yesha Council head Danny Dayan also joined the visit. Dayan addressed the murder of Ben Yosef Livnat at the site last April. "Whoever murdered Livnat and thought he would scare us has achieved just the opposite," he said. He vowed to double and even triple the number of visits in the site.
Shomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika said that he demanded the MKs to implement Israel's sovereignty in Joseph's Tomb "which even according to the miserable Oslo Accords is ours."
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