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Coalition Coalescence in Tzfat

The unpoliticized Galilee city Tzfat will come under intense political spotlight this Sabbath when dozens of coalition MKs come for a 2-day visit.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 6/8/2011, 10:08 PM / Last Update: 6/8/2011, 10:04 PM

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The Galilean city of Tzfat (Safed), which has managed to remain out of the political limelight ever since it was captured by Israel in the 1948 War of Independence, will not be able avoid it this coming Sabbath, when dozens of coalition Knesset Members spend a "Sabbath of coalition coalescence" there.

The two-day weekend visit at the Ruth Rimonim Hotel will be the coalition's first joint social event since it took over the reins of government more than two years ago. The idea was that of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah. The goal is to strengthen the coalition, as well as the government's commitment to developing northern Israel in general and Tzfat in particular.

The event will begin Friday afternoon with an official welcome by the Netanyahus, accompanied by a Klezmerim performance, displays of Tzfat artworks, and a Dona Gracia live museum exhibit. Tsfat is the location of a Klezmer Festival every summer.

The Friday eve Sabbath dinner will be hosted by popular linguist Dr. Avshalom Kor, after which journalist Kobi Arieli will MC a panel discussion.

The next morning will feature both prayer services and tours of the city, once the center of mystic Torah learning in its scenic Old Quarter, including a reenactment of the 1948 battles.