The IDF allowed over 1500 Jews were into Joseph’s tomb to pray on Wednesday night.
Among those attending were National Religious, Hareidi-religious, traditional and non-religious Jews, as could be seen from the array of different kippot.
Rabbi Chaim Druckman, head of the Hesder yeshiva and the Rabbi of Mishkoltz were among those who came indead of night. Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, son of former Chief Sephardic and Shas spirtual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yossef, the revered Kabbalist Rabbi Yaakov Deutsch, the head of the Samaria District Council Gershon Mesika, and Deputy Knesset Chairman MK Danny Danon (Likud) were also present.The visitors prayed fervently at the tomb, with security forces joining them with great emotion.
MK Danny Danon was horrified about the recent desecration and destruction of the tomb dome by the PA police. “The barbarism of our ‘partners’ is shocking. Israel should implement the Oslo accords agreement that the tomb of Joseph and its access remain under Israeli control,” said Danon.
Shomron Regional Council Head Gershon Mesika spoke after the prayer service. “No healthy nation would tolerate the desecration of such an important historical and traditional holy site. The Government must stand tall and return to the tomb of Joseph. The city of Shchem has become quiet thanks to the IDF, and Israel provides it with economic and trade support. The time has come to restore the yeshiva and Jewish presence at the tomb of Joseph and in Shchem, and incorporate the tomb of Joseph into the national plan for the promotion and development of national heritage sites,” said Mesika.