"I am saddened by these actions," the settler rabbi said about attacks on mosques and on Arab civilians and property carried out by radical Jewish settlers, many of them allegedly yeshiva students from Yitzhar. These radicals "must be deported."
Rabbi Froman: Deport mosque burners
Tekoa's rabbi calls for firm action against 'price tag' activists, says their acts 'present settlers as savages'
Kobi Nahshoni • Ynet
Rabbi Menachem Froman of the settlement of Tekoa is calling for firm action against "price tag" activists, stating that burners of mosques must be deported from Israel.
Froman, an advocate of "religious peace" between Jews and Arabs, explained that the "price tag" activists were criminals who presented settlers as "gangsters", thereby serving the interests of the Palestinians and the far left.
"I am saddened by these actions. These people must be deported," the rabbi said in an interview to the Makor Rishon newspaper.
"I would like to repeat an expression I heard from (Yesha Council Chairman) Danny Dayan: 'It's an act of foolishness and injustice.' It's a great injustice, but I am even more concerned about the foolishness of these actions."
According to the Tekoa rabbi, "price tag" activities authorize the disengagement from Judea and Samaria and pull the rug from under the settlers' feet.
"It is in the Palestinians' interest to present the settlers as savages, as hooligans, as people you can't live in peace with," he explained. "Through these actions they convince the Israeli and international public opinion that the settlers burn mosques, destroy fields and chop off trees, and that there is no other solution but to uproot the settlers and remove them from this territory."
Rabbi Forman noted that the results of the efforts made by the Palestinians, who have the "price tag" activists playing into their hands, are already apparent on the ground. He said he heard from Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren that the American public is finding it difficult to sympathize with the settlers after such violent acts.
"He asked me if I thought that when baby Shalhevet Pass was murdered in Hebron the New York Times or State Department saw it as the murder of a baby, and replied that following such acts of violence, all settlers – including the baby – are viewed as a community of violent people, gangsters. As a result, they are not shocked by the murder of this little girl."