Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was lambasted by the Israeli press today (February 26, 2010) over his plan to renovate two holy sites in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian West Bank, according to the Middle East Online website.
The Israeli move is seen as an attempt to retain illegal Israeli control of holy sites in the Palestinian territories.
Three of Israel's leading dailies accused the prime minister of pandering to the settler lobby and the far right.
Netanyahu sparked outrage earlier this week when he said he hoped to include Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron in a national heritage restoration plan.
The Islamic bloc at the United Nations has called for international action to force Israel to rescind its decision.