The head of the Knesset’s Joint List party aims criticism at President Isaac Herzog for his Hanukkah visit to Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs, saying he should not be in the largely ceremonial role, which is usually unencumbered by political disputes.
“Herzog did not go to light the first night’s candle, he went to set Hebron alight,” Ayman Odeh tweets.
“Anyone who celebrates with supporters of the killer Goldstein cannot be president of all Israeli citizens,” he adds.
Jewish terrorist Baruch Goldstein killed 29 Muslim worshipers at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in 1994 before being killed himself. Some Israeli settlers in Hebron and the neighboring settlement of Kiryat Arba continue to revere Goldstein.