The far-left Meretz party submitted a bill Wednesday calling for removing all Jews from Hevron, the city of the Biblical Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs. The National Union threatened to respond with a bill calling for removing the Arab residents.
The first bill was submitted by Meretz Chairman MK Yossi Beilin.
"It is ironic that during the very weeks we are reading about Abraham, Hevron, and purchase of the Machpelah Cave, the Knesset should be dealing with a bill promoting expulsion of Jews from Hebron, following in the footsteps of Nazi Mufti Haj Amin el-Hussainei and the British in 1929," community spokesman David Wilder told Arutz-7.
Wilder also took issue with the government's response to the bill: "The response should have been: 'Hebron, the first Jewish city in the land of Israel, home of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs, site of the second holiest place to Jews in the world, is part of the eternal essence of the Jewish people, the Jewish state and Jewish heritage. Such a subject should even be broached. Hebron will remain an integral part of the State of Israel forever.'
The fact that this was not the response strengthens the fact that this government must be toppled as soon as possible and a new government, recognizing Hebron's significance, should take power."