(Jerusalem Post) On October 9, 1968 a thirteen-year-old girl made history, as she squeezed through a narrow hole into the underground chambers of the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, which the Jews had been forbidden to enter for 700 years under Mamluk, Ottoman, British and Jordanian rule. Jews were only allowed access to the staircase at the southeast of the site, initially only up to the fifth step and later increased to the seventh.

According to many accounts, Michal Arbel, daughter of Yehuda Arbel, then head of the Shin Bet in the Jerusalem District and after the Six Day War also of the West Bank, was the first Jew to enter the historic cave in 700 years.

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