Former American governor praises Hebron during visit

Former governor Scott Walker called for defensible borders and hailed Israel's openness to all faiths.

12.6.19, 15:43
Former Governor of the State of Wisconsin Scott Walker visited Hebron early in June 2019 and toured the Cave of Machepla and other historic sites.

"It's remarkable to think about not just Abraham, but Sarah and each husband and wife," he said referring to the Biblical Matriarchs  and Patriarchs buried in the cave.

Walker spoke to Dr. Joseph Frager, one of the organizers of the delegation that visited Hebron and other locations in Judea and Samaria as part of a tour of the State of Israel. 

"For an extended period of time this was not under control of Israel or the Jewish people," Walker said in an interview with Israel National News. "Yet despite what some say, there are still the markings on the wall in Arabic, yet another sign that this is something that's open to everyone," he said.

In some countries, when one nation has taken over an important sites from another, all traces of the former history are erased, such as in Hebron. During the Jordanian period, the Jewish cemetery and synagogues were razed. Walker explained the Cave of the Patriarchs is "obviously important from a religious standpoint but also from a historical standpoint for anyone in the world and its now open to the public."

Amazing trip to Hebron to visit the Tombs of the Patriarchs.

Posted by Scott Walker on Wednesday, June 5, 2019
For 700 years, the site was reserved for Muslims only starting with the Mameluke period and ending with the Six Day War of 1967. He called the day in Hebron an "amazing trip" on his Facebook page.

While visiting Samaria's Barkan Industrial Park, Walker noted the equal number Israeli and Palestinian Authority residents employeed there.  

“One of the best foundations for lasting peace is having Arab and Israeli people working together, respecting each other, being engaged in good paying jobs that support themselves and their families," he told the Jerusalem Post.

He added the BDS movement (boycott-divestment-sanctions) is “not only hurting Israeli people but hurting the very Arabs and their families who are benefiting from those jobs." Walker noted PA residents can make a better salary in Israel than in PA controlled cities.

Walker also stressed the need for Israel to have defensible borders and was reluctant to advocate territorial comprise in what is termed the West Bank.

The American elected official led Wisconsin from 2011 to 2019. He is the latest in a series of foreign politicians to have visited and shown support for the Jewish community of Hebron in recent years.

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