Peace Now on Thursday complained to the Defense Ministry about public comments an IDF commander made in support of Israeli sovereignty over the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.The only person politicizing this whole case is Oppenheimer himself. Hazut was simply stating fact, and this disgrace of a leftist is trying to police his dialogue.
It also took issue with the IDF’s decision to hold a ceremony Wednesday at the Cave of the Patriarchs for the incoming commander of the IDF Judea Brigade, Avi Balut, and the outgoing commander, Shai Hazut. It noted that in the past the ceremony had been held in the nearby brigade base. [...]
The decision to hold the ceremony in front of the cave was made worse by Hazut’s statement at the event, [Yariv] Oppenheimer said. According to Oppenheimer, Hazut said that the cave validates the Jewish nation legally and morally and strengthens its hold on the Land of Israel.
“This is not a religious or political statement, but rather a purely Zionist and Israeli matter,” Hazut said.
...Hebron Jewish community spokesman David Wilder, who attended the ceremony, said that its location at the cave sent an important and necessary message about the site’s value to the Jewish people.And if they can hold ceremonies there, they can do the same at various other landmarks too. Oppenheimer should be ashamed of himself, but sadly isn't, for trying to dictate other people's positions.
The IDF, he said, often holds ceremonies in places that it deems to have significant Jewish value, like the Western Wall in Jerusalem.