In recent years the hostility between the Arabs and Jews in Hebron made it difficult to visit the Mearat Hamachpelah. The buses that do go are generally bullet proof and stop at the security check at entrance at the bottom of the steps leading up to the building. The Cave of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs is a popular site for Jews to pray for salvation.
Some of the tombs are gated off and locked but can still be seen through the gate. Each tomb or gate has a sign with the name of the patriarch or matriarch buried there. Jews come from all over the world to have a chance to pray at this holy place.
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Posted: January 4, 2020
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Most buses going to Hebron are bulletproof. Egged bus 163 goes from Jerusalem to Hebron. Check for schedule: https://mslworld.egged.co.il/?language=en#/ or call 03-9142237.
There are also tours offered by Hoffman Tours to Rachel’s Tomb and Cave of the Patriarchs. For more information check: https://hoffmantours.com/trips/trip_2/ or call 02-538-900397
It is difficult to get clear bus information online. The best usually is to get information from a local.