Over 2,500 Israelis Pray at Joseph Tomb for Success of Sovereignty Declaration
Over 2,500 Israeli worshippers arrived at Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem (Nablus) on Monday night to pray.
The entry to the holy site was made as part of the monthly visits and was accompanied by a significant military and police escort.
No unusual incidents were registered.
The entry into Shechem, which is under Palestinian Authority (PA) control, occurs several times a year. The prayers take place only during the night and under heavy security provided by the Israeli forces.
Yossi Dagan, Head of the Shomron Regional Council, stated that they came to Joseph’s Tomb to pray for the success of Israel’s intended plans to declare sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria in the coming weeks.
“We are here tonight, praying for the success of sovereignty, strengthening the prime minister, not to be deterred and not to be afraid, applying sovereignty to all Jewish communities and areas in Judea and Samaria,” he stated.
“We are here to convey a clear message: The people of Israel, the State of Israel, will not give up the holy places, will not give up Joseph’s Tomb, Rachel Tomb, the Cave of the Patriarchs and other holy places in Judea and Samaria,” he said.
“History will not forgive those who will abandon the holy places at this time. We will not accept symbolic sovereignty,” he underscored.