“And after this, Avraham buried Sara his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre–the same is Chevron–in the land of Canaan.” Genesis 23:19 (The Israel Bible™)
Israel is set to begin construction on new buildings for the Jewish community of Hebron for the first time in a decade, Haaretz reported on Monday.
Hebron’s Jewish population is small, and confined to the ancient city’s H2 area, which is under full Israeli control. Earlier in the year, the Defense Ministry officially issued a planning permit for a parcel of land now under military control, approving the building of several housing units in H2.
Currently, the land lies in the Mitkanim military outpost in the area. According to security forces and local residents, it has rightfully belonged to Jews since before the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.
“The land has always been known to belong to the Jewish community,” said a spokesman for Hebron settlers, Noam Arnon, Haaretz