While in Kfar Chabad for a wedding, Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was accosted by a group of youths shouting anti-disengagement slogans. They also slashed a tire on the minister's car and tried to prevent him from leaving.
Radio and newspaper reports said a plate was thrown at Netanyahu as he attended a celebration at the Jewish ultra orthodox village of Kfar Habad.
A report in the Yedioth Aharonoth daily said a small group of people vehemently opposed to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's planned pullout from the Gaza Strip shouted at Netanyahu "Murderer, your day will come."
Chabad spokesman R. Menachem Brod claims the assailants were from "outside" of Kfar Chabad.
"The people who were there were not local residents. Anybody who knows the ways of Habad and its basic values knows that this sort of thing could not be done by a Habad Hasid," organisation spokesman Menachem Brod told Israel Radio.
This same circular 'reasoning' was used by the Rebbe when thugs in Crown Heights attacked an elderly rabbi who refused to do the Rebbe's will and excommunicate an Israeli politician who had refused to bend to the Rebbe's will. After inciting the Chabad street by screaming in a farbrengen about the "one who would not sign" the excommunication order, the Rebbe's answer to reporters after the attack was truly sick. He claimed that no one who learns Chabad chasidus could act that way. Therefore, the attackers were not Chabad hasidim and the Rebbe was not responsible for their actions.
Are the thugs who attacked Mr. Netanyahu Chabad hasidim?
We don't yet know. But one thing is certain – if they are, it won't be the Rebbe's fault.