Dozens of Jews Pray at Joseph´s Tomb

The IDF fought on two fronts last night: Escorting Jews to pray at the holy site of Joseph's Tomb in Shechem, and clashing with and arresting terrorists.

Hillel Fendel , | updated: 8:42 AM

As occasionally occurs, the army gave permission Tuesday night to a large group of Jewish worshipers to pray at the destroyed holy burial site of the Biblical figure Joseph the Righteous. Though the Oslo Accords stipulate freedom of worship at such sites, the yeshiva Od Yosef Chai that was built there around 1980 has been banished, and Jews are rarely permitted to visit. Arabs vandalized and burnt the site during the early stages of the Oslo War in late 2000.

Late last night, however, accompanied by IDF soldiers, Jews were permitted to pray there.

At the same time, other IDF forces were involved in another aspect of the war, discovering two huge bombs meant to be detonated against Israeli targets. One of them was particularly huge - a 60-kilogram affair discovered this morning west of Jenin. Last night, another bomb placed near an IDF position was discovered, possibly as large as 15 kilograms. Border Guard forces were called to the sites and safely detonated both in controlled explosions.

Palestinian terrorists also threw a home-made grenade at an IDF force operating in Shechem; no one was hurt.

Israeli soldiers arrested a wanted Fatah terrorist west of Ramallah, while an undercover force apprehended another heavily wanted Al Aksa Brigades (Fatah) terrorist and his brother. The arrest of the former was considered a major breakthrough, as he had been involved of late in preparing suicide attacks.

In Sderot and Ashkelon, tense quiet reigns, after two Kassam rockets fired from Gaza last night missed their targets. One was fired towards Ashkelon, but landed in Palestinian Authority-controlled Gaza, and another one landed in an open area near Kibbutz Nir-Am.