Minister Moshe Ya'alon toured Gush Etzion and Hebron on Wednesday. During his visit, Minister Ya'alon went to the wine harvest festival in Gush Eztion, visited Alon Shvut, toured the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron and more.
At the end of the visit he stated, "I was pleased to visit Gush Etzion, to meet with the people and to see the development. I'm sure we will continue to see prosperity. Gush Etzion certainly proves what true Zionist pioneers can build. Our return to Hevron is not temporary but forever, and we are working to develop our presence here, he stated.
The kibbutzniks of Gush Etzion were captured and killed by the Jordanian Legion in the war of 1948. Israel returned to the areas following the Six Day War of 1967.