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  11/3/2011, Cheshvan 6, 5772

Eldad for Foot Traffic at Rachel's Tomb


Member of Knesset Aryeh Eldad voiced his support, Thursday, for allowing foot traffic at Rachel's Tomb next Tuesday, when more than 100,000 people are expected to observe the anniversary of the biblical matriarch. The police expressed their opposition to pedestrians last week, citing security threats.

Speaking during a visit by the Judea and Samaria Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Professor Eldad said the police plan would create lines lasting hours and dangerous traffic jams. He said the deployment of troops in the nearby Palestinian Authority-assigned city of Bethlehem and a security closure there, combined with allowing foot traffic, would enable an orderly visit.