A rabbi from the same town as the teenagers who attacked Arab-Israelis last week wrote a letter to his community emphasizing how wrong it is to attack Arabs. This is why I simply cannot grasp how much of the world is behind the Palestinians and demonizes the Israelis. Find me one–ONE–letter such as this from a Muslim cleric to Palestinians who conducted attacks on Israelis. Go ahead. Just one.
In a letter to Bat Ayin residents, Rabbi Cohen said, “Such an act is a crime and points to moral degeneration that fails to distinguish between murder and defense, war and terror. Such acts are wrong and reprehensible; they indicate confusion and lack of judgment.”
He urged Bat Ayin’s youth “not to be led astray by inflammatory ideas. Build yourselves with Torah and toil. Build this country with hard work and devotion. Join a yeshiva or the army.”
The rabbi also addressed the national settlement debate. “The problem is not the Arabs, but an internal moral debate within the Israeli society.” He stressed, “Harming Arabs is wrong and detrimental in terms of the debate.” He concluded by saying, “Remember, it’s okay to protest the government’s – but only legally.”
Of course, the anti-Israel forces are playing up the attack and ignoring the national outcry over it. Will the New York Times publish this rabbi’s letter? Doubtful. It goes against the narrative of violent religious Jews.