Employees of the Hamat Tiberias National Park who arrived at the site Tuesday morning were shocked to find a great deal of vandalism to its ancient synagogue, caused by unknown suspects during the evening. Among other things, the vandals sprayed graffiti and smashed parts of the synagogue's ancient mosaic inscriptions.
Chief Executive Officer Shaul Goldstein of the Nature and Natural Parks Authority said, "We see the incident very seriously and we will prosecute the offenders. These are cultural and heritage assets which are hundreds of years old. The Nature and Parks Authority and the Israel Antiquities Authority are responsible for preserving the precious heritage assets of the State of Israel and we will work together for the full rehabilitation of the damage done to the exhibits and the ancient synagogue on the site. It's a million shekels worth of damage but immediately after we make an accurate assessment, we will begin the long rehabilitation process."