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  6/28/2013, Tammuz 20, 5773

Ariel: Populate the Rachel's Tomb Compound


Housing Minister Uri Ariel called, Thursday night, for the population of the compound surrounding the gravesite of the biblical matriarch Rachel, between southern Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Speaking in the Judean Jewish community of Kfar Etzion at the launching of a biography of Rabbi Hanan Porat, written by Hagai Huberman, the Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) lawmaker said, "We have not gone where we should at Rachel's Tomb but we are making an effort to strengthen the yeshiva and literally create a community, as Hanan Porat tried to do many times, and the effort has not yet succeeded."

Regarding the easing of restrictions on Jews on the Temple Mount, Ariel said, "We haven't arrived on the Temple Mount and there's a long way to go." Employing a Hebrew play on the words for "compromise" and "defrosting", he continued, "There's a need for compromise and I'm heating up the iceberg." He promised to build a memorial to Rabbi Porat in Kfar Etzion so that "Everyone who comes here or to the region can enter and learn about the personality of Hanan."