Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Sharon: Jews will remain in Hevron - what does that mean?

Sharon said yesterday:

The attack this morning at the Cave of the Patriarchs is an attempt to harm Jewish freedom of worship in one of its most sacred places. All around the world, we fight for the right of Jews to pray without harm, and protect the freedom of worship for all people – Jew, Muslim or Christian – to pray in their sacred places in Israel.

We will continue to defend the right of any person to pray at the Cave of the Patriarchs, and will not tolerate the attempts of the terror organizations to prevent Jews from doing so.

Jews will continue to pray at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and to live there.

It would be nice to know exactly what this means. Is he saying that Hevron is a "red-line" and he will never accept Israel without Hevron? Or that he would insist that Jews be allowed to live there under Palestinian rule? Is he meaning something like "G-d willing, Jews will remain there" without any plan? Is he referring to Jews living in Hevron proper, or Kiryat Arba - without the protection of the fence?

Or is it, simply, a lie to quiet the angry Israeli right?