Over the past three months, some 200 firebombs and 80 explosive devices have been thrown at worshippers and Israeli soldiers at Rachel's Tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem in the West Bank.
The figures were provided by senior Israel Defense Forces and Border Police officers on Monday during a meeting of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. The committee gathered to discuss the security threats facing worshippers at the tomb.
Committee Chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman instructed the army to examine options to assure the safety of the worshippers and present the plans to the committee in one month.
In February 2012, Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron were omitted from Israel’s list of national heritage sites, contrary to a promise made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over two years ago.