In response to the vandalism that was perpetrated at the Ammunition Hill in Yerushalayim on Monday, 1 Iyar 5772, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, “We will not allow those who sought to vandalize the site, and harm both the memory of the soldiers and the story of the heroism of the Six Day War to achieve their aim. We owe a great debt to our fighters and to the perpetuation of their memory. The legacy of heroism of the soldiers of the IDF will continue and we will work to renovate and upgrade the site.”
Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser, who chairs the steering committee for the heritage sites program, visited Ammunition Hill in order to assess the damage. He noted that at the Cabinet meeting which will be held on the upcoming Jerusalem Day in honor of the 45th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem, the cabinet will consider an approximately 20 million NIS comprehensive plan to maintain, renovate and upgrade the site and its exhibits.
Hauser asked IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz to see to it that the IDF Paratroop Brigade holds its annual exhibition at the site on Independence Day later this week; the planned exhibition had been cancelled for budgetary reasons.
Hauser said, “We must tell the vandals that they will not be allowed to damage Ammunition Hill. It tells the story of the battle for Jerusalem, as well as its liberation and unity; we will develop it accordingly.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)