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  4/24/2012, Iyar 2, 5772

Cabinet Meeting to Be Held on Ammunition Hill


In response to the vandalism that was perpetrated at the Ammunition Hill war memorial, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement saying, "We will not allow those who sought to vandalize the site, and harm both the memory of the soldiers and the story of the heroism of the Six Day War, to achieve their aim.  We owe a great debt to our fighters and to the perpetuation of their memory. The legacy of heroism of the soldiers of the IDF will continue and we will work to renovate and upgrade the site," he stated.

Ammunition Hill is located in Jerusalem at the intersection of Haim Bar Lev Road, the Hebrew University campus, the road to Maale Adumim and the road that continues on to Pisgat Zev. It is a highly strategic location and was the border between East and West Jerusalem when the Kingdom of Jordan occupied the eastern half of the city.

Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser, who chairs the steering committee for the heritage sites program, visited Ammunition Hill in order to assess the damage.  He noted that at the Cabinet meeting which will be held on the upcoming Jerusalem Day, in honor of the 45th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem, the Cabinet will consider an approximately NIS 20 million comprehensive plan to maintain, renovate and upgrade the site and its exhibits. The Cabinet Secretary asked IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz to see to it that the IDF Paratroop Brigade holds its annual exhibition at the site on Independence Day later this week; the planned exhibition had been cancelled for budgetary reasons.

Cabinet Secretary Hauser said, "We must tell the vandals that they will not be allowed to damage Ammunition Hill. It tells the story of the battle for Jerusalem, as well as its liberation and unity; we will develop it accordingly."