Judea-Samaria and IDF officials held a special overnight candle lighting ceremony Tuesday at Joshua’s Tomb in the village of Kifl Harres, near the city of Ariel in Samaria, in an annual Chanukah tradition held in 2015 in honor of Israel’s first military “chief of staff.” 

“We have come here every year, as part of a unique and exciting tradition in which the military and community leaders together visit the grave of the first Jewish chief of staff – Joshua, who conquered the land and settled it,” Samaria Regional Council chief Yossi Dagan stated at the site. “Here are gathered those who believe in conquering the land, and those who believe in defending it, and here we light Hanukkah candles.”

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