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Pete Hegseth of Fox News Visits Hebron

US army vet turned news correspondent: "Thank you for your courage."

22.8.16, 11:13
Pete Hegseth of the American-based Fox News visited Hebron on August 18, 2016 and toured the Jewish community as part of a 4-day trip throughout Israel. Hegseth is a United States armed forces veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
The group visited the Tomb of Machpela, the Tel Hevron archeological site, and the Beit Hadassah museum of Hebron history where they viewed the new historical drama "Touching Eternity". 
 
 
Israel National News interviewed the correspondent. For full photo essay click here.
 
Regarding the film, which is a dramatic decpiction of Hebron's histroy, Hegseth said, "the movie was fantastic. Before coming to Hebron, I didn't truly understand the depth of the situation. Biblically I understood the basic sense, but when you see it in front of you, you realize the significance. You go there and realize the ongoing contention -- where Jews can go and they can't. You realize it's a massive city surrounding this one holy site of Judaism. This is the root of Judaism and 
I commend the community that maintains the heritage here."
 
Noam Arnon, spokesperson for the Jewish community of Hebron stated:
 
"We are happy to share our vision and ideas with the many guests who come from all over the world and believe in the cause of justice. We returned to the source of Judaism. This is the place where terrorists once destroyed an innocent Jewish community and so this is the place to show that terror will not succeed. I live over there and Arabs live over here and we say hello to each other in the street. Once we know our purpose here, they will accept our purpose here. This is the most ancient Jewish historical site in the world and we are proud to continue it."
 
Dr. Joe Frager, a Jewish-American professor at the Einstein School of Medicine organized the trip and donated a Torah scroll to the Jewish community, which Hegseth helped carry.
 
Dr. Frager said of Hegseth, "this is a man who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, and all Americans should come here to Hebron to see this thriving community full of life and joy and young children growing up without fear. But the way the media portrays Hebron, they make it into some kind of out-of-this-world type of city. I've been here many times, but each year it grows."
 
To visit Hebron:
 
United States contact info:

http://www.hebronfund.org
1760 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
718-677-6886
info@hebronfund.org

In Israel contact the offices of the Jewish Community of Hebron at:
http://en.hebron.org.il/
02-996-5333
office@hebron.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hebronofficial
 
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