JERUSALEM (Aug. 24)
There will be no mixed settlements in the Hebron area, Defense Ministers Shimon Peres told five Knesseters yesterday who asked him to allow Jewish settlements in the Arab town of Hebron. Peres said it was a government decision that in the Mt. Hebron area there was room for two large urban settlements–one Arab, in Hebron, and one Jewish, in Kiryat Arba, just north of Hebron. There was no room for mixture between the two cities, he asserted.
Peres told the Knesseters, representing various parties, that the government was determined to act decisively against those “who violate public order” in Hebron, referring to the latest attempts by the Gush Emunim to resume prayers in an old building once used as a synagogue. Peres complained that the Gush Emunim action caused unnecessary tension among the Arabs.