President Reuven Rivlin visited Kiryat Arba and Hebron on Monday, becoming the first Israeli president to do so in 17 years. Rivlin attended the inaugural ceremony of a new visitors center at the Jewish Heritage Museum in Beit Hadassah and also visited the Tomb of the Patriarchs.
Israeli President Rivlin visits the inauguration of Jewish Heritage Museum’s new visitors center. – Photo: GPO
During Rivlin’s visit, dozens of Meretz party activists protested against the president’s visit and the opening of the new visitors center. At one point, there was an altercation between the activists and local Jewish residents.
President Reuven Rivlin during his visit to Hebron, Monday – Photo: EPA
In his speech at Kiryat Arba, Rivlin said, “We are allowed to disagree, but we must not disrespect each other, whether we are on the Right or on the Left.”
From there, Rivlin continued to Hebron, the Tomb of the Patriarchs, and the visitors center’s inaugural ceremony with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau.
“The museum tells a 3,800-year story,” Rivlin said. “Even those who have different opinions regarding the presence of the Jewish community in Hebron cannot deny the deep connection of the Jewish people to the city.”