MembersSETTLEMENT EXPO: ‘We Are Not Visitors Here’

The Foreign Ministry is throwing a sizable budget behind a new campaign aimed at debunking the narrative that Israel is an occupying power.

By Yossi Aloni |
HEBRON Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90

The goal is to demonstrate to the world that Israel has a historical right to Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”)—that the Jews are not guests here but are returning home.


The project will be one of several marking the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War in 1967 and is the brainchild of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely. It will include a series of events both at home and abroad and has a budget of 20 million shekels ($5.3 million).




The main feature of the program will be expo-style events in several world capitals highlighting the Israeli settlement movement and the liberation of Jerusalem. Visitors will be presented with the historical and biblical connection of the Jewish people to the areas liberated in 1967, including simulated tours of Jerusalem’s Old City, the City of David, the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, and Shiloh in Samaria where the Ark of the Covenant rested...

Israel Today Membership

Become a Member

  • Read all member content

    Get exclusive in-depth reports from Israel.

  • Get exclusive in-depth reports from Israel

    Connect with Israel, right from your home.

  • Lift up the voice of truth and hope

    Support Jerusalem-based Zionist journalism.

Already a member? .