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Min. Livnat, at Knesset Session: When Do We Stop the Self-Blame?

"They murder and we are to blame for not coordinating," Limor Livnat laments bitterly in Knesset special session on her nephew's murder.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 4/27/2011, 3:04 PM / Last Update: 4/27/2011, 7:04 PM

The Knesset held a special spring break session Wednesday following the murder of Ben-Yosef Livnat at the Tomb of Joseph Sunday.  

 
The opening speaker was Livnat's aunt, Minister of Culture and Sport Limor Livnat, who asked bitterly: "How long will we continue to take all the blame upon ourselves all of the time?
 
"They murder and we are to blame for not coordinating. They murder a baby, her brothers and parents in their beds at Itamar, and we are to blame for being in Itamar in the first place.  
 
"I want to turn to the Prime Minister and say: Jews must be allowed to pray freely at the Tomb of Joseph, just as there is free access to the Cave of Patriarchs and the Tomb of Rachel.
 
"My personal grief and my family's loss will not change our faith, which the overwhelming majority of the public shares, that we believe in the Land of Israel and the State of Israel and we believe in our future, even in troubled times."
 
MK Uri Orbach (Jewish Home) said that those who call the Tomb of Joseph a dangerous place are patronizing the Arabs.
 
"The Tomb of Joseph is not a dangerous place and Shechem is not a dangerous place. The Arabs are dangerous," Orbach said pointedly. "This is not a river with crocodiles. The person who takes up arms is the one who chooses to be dangerous."
 
Click here for Minister Livnat's memorial article for her slain nephew, translated from the Hebrew Arutz Sheva..