New Mayor of Hebron Inaugurated

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri toured Hebron for inauguration of Mayor Hillel Horowitz.

25.11.19, 14:50
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri toured Hebron Sunday night and participated in the inauguration of Hillel Horowitz as head of the Hebron municipality / mayor.

Also attending was Member of Knesset Matan Kahana, who stated he was impressed by the abundance of "layers of Jewish history from the period of Patriarchs through the period of the two temples," up until the modern era.

MK Kahana praised Horowitz and other local elected officials. On his Facebook page he posted photos of the event along with a photo of himself as ten-year-old boy in 1982 at the Avraham Avinu synagogue in Hebron. The rebuilt synagogue had been demolished by the Jordanians in the 1950s.

Horowitz's inauguration came a day after 45,000 people  visited for Parshat Chayei Sarah.
A long-time local community organizer, Horowitz served as a military rabbi in the elite Givati unit and later was the director of the Council of Jewish Cemeteries.
The Palestinian Authority side of Hebron has its own mayor and city council, currently led by Tayseer Abu Sneineh. The Jewish community's previous mayor, Avraham Ben Yosef, retired after a long tenure. New elections were held.
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