Stop Terrorism By Crushing Israel’s Enemies, Leading Rabbi Says
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Chief Rabbi of Sefat Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu said today that the way to stop the current wave of terror attacks against Jews in Israel is to destroy and crush Israel’s enemies, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Eliyahu made the remarks after a prayer rally he organized at the Kotel (Western Wall).
At that prayer rally, silver trumpets made by the hared right-wing Temple Institute and which are supposed to be copies of the trumpets used in the Holy Temple were blown.
The rally was to allow “us, the simple people, to cry out to God because the power of the Jewish people is the power of prayer,” Eliyahu told the Post.
But he also said the government was not doing enough to deter the terror attacks.
“We are in a time of distress and our enemies have risen up to slaughter us. They have nothing else. It doesn’t matter [who they target] as long as they’re a Jew. They want to spill our blood like water. If our enemies are continuing to raise up knives to us in Jerusalem it means we’re not acting as is necessary. The fact that there are terrorists that are still coming out alive after committing terrorist acts means that we haven’t understood that we’re in a war, and we need to destroy these enemies. Should we leave them alive in order to then free them in another [political] gesture to [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas]? The fact that they still have a desire [to commit terrorist attacks] shows that we’re not operating strongly enough,” Eliyahu said.
“Their terrorism didn’t start with visits to the Temple Mount. When Jews started to pray at the Western Wall that was also a reason for terrorism,” Eliyahu added. “They murder because they are murderers. They are killing their brothers in Syria, they drag people through the streets in Libya, they throw people off buildings in Gaza, they immolate people in fire. They are the same people who are raising their knives to us here.”
The Zionist Orthodox Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Aryeh Stern attended Eliyahu’s prayer rally. Stern said the rally showed that “today we have proved again that Jewish spirit will defeat Muslim terror. Jerusalem was and will remain the eternal capital of the Jewish people and no terror or violence will break the Jewish spirit which has proved many times to be stronger than any violence or murder.”
Several days ago Eliyahu insisted that IDF soldiers and police who allow captured Palestinian terrorists to live should be prosecuted and severely punished. The terrorists should all be killed, Eliyahu said, unless they have knowledge of an impending terror attack. If that is the case security services should what is necessary to get the needed information from the terrorist and then, presumably, dispose of him.
Not surprisingly, Eliyahu has a long history of racism and of support for extreme right-wing political leaders.