Despite warnings from the Palestinian Authority, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took part in a ceremony in Hebron marking the 90th anniversary of the 1929 Hebron Massacre in which 133 Jews and 110 Arabs were killed. The ceremony took place in the plaza outside of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a holy site for Jews and Muslims. In January, Netanyahu decided not to renew the mandate for international monitoring forces that served in in Hebron since the 1994 massacre at Ibrahimi Mosque, a choice most viewed as a statement on Israeli sovereignty over Hebron. It was in the shadow of that decision that Netanyahu claimed that the city “will never be empty of Jews.”
Israel Police arrested 170 Druze men at the border with Jordan as they tried to reach Syria via Jordan, allegedly to meet with Syrian government officials. The convoy of buses and cars set out from the northern Galilee and Mount Carmel regions, and was supposedly traveling for religious purposes. Israel Police notified the group before they departed that travel to Syria was illegal, though the arrests came after months of investigation. Israel Police said they would continue working with the Shin Bet internal security service “to prevent terrorist-related activity and terror organizations from recruiting Israeli civilians."