MKs Zeev Elkin and Aryeh Eldad, who head the Israel Lobby in the Knesset, have written a letter to Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon, in which they suggest that the Communications Ministry issue a series of stamps to perpetuate some of the national heritage sites in Judea and Samaria.
Jerusalem Day, which was celebrated on Wednesday and marked 44 since Israel’s capital was liberated by the IDF in the 1967 Six Day War, is also the day that Judea and Samaria (as well as the Golan Heights) were returned to Israel. A celebration marking this fact took place on Tuesday at Mount Grizim, overlooking Joseph’s Tomb.
In their letter to Kahlon, the MKs note that “these stamps will send to the country and to the world the message that the Prime Minister recently expressed in his address to the American parliament.”
They are referring to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress last week, in which he said that Judea and Samaria are part of the ancient Jewish homeland that our forefathers walked in, and that the 650,000 Jews living there “are not ‘occupying’ the region.” He strongly criticized the changed versions of history that are being promoted by others.
Elkin and Eldad emphasized the same facts in their letter. “In Judea and Samaria, the Jewish people are not a foreign occupier,” they wrote. “This is the land of our forefathers, the land of Israel. No distortion of history can ever erase the 4,000-year-old link between the Jewish people and the Jewish land.”
The sites which the MKs recommend be perpetuated in the stamps are: The Tomb of the Patriarchs, Rachel’s Tomb, the Tomb of Samuel the Prophet, Joseph’s Tomb, as well as the archaeological sites in Susya, Herodion, Tel Shilo, the Hasmonean palaces in Jericho, Old Samaria, and the heritage site in Kfar Etzion.