Rav Ronsky: Give ´Em Hell in Beit El (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 06/13/12)
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Brigadier General (res.) Rav Avichai Ronsky, the former Chief
Military Rabbi, issued a call through Arutz Sheva Wednesday for
Israelis to come to Beit El and join the struggle against the
destruction of 30 homes in the Givat HaUlpana neighborhood.
Rav Ronsky, who heads the Itamar Yeshiva and is a part of Naftali
Bennett´s new faction in the Jewish Home, explained that he is less
naļve than he was during the 2005 "Disengagement" pullback from
Gaza. "Since that sorry expulsion, the rules of the game have
changed," he said.
"I have sobered up in the course of the last year," he said. "There
is a battle of titans here inside our society, a struggle for the
character of the country. Will the state of Israel be Jewish and
democratic, or will it be ´a country of all its citizens.´ And on the
other side we have all kinds of elites that are close to the media
and are also inside the systems of the state and the State Attorney´s
Office, for whom the end justifies all means."
Those who hold Israel´s character dear must come to Beit El, he
said. "We have to go there and protest. Protest like we did in the
distant past in Samaria. In all of the times we ascended to Elon
Moreh, when there were attempts to evict, we lay down on the floor.
The soldiers and police took us with their hands. That is passive
resistance, but when many thousands are there, carrying out the
eviction is a very difficult thing."
"We must not be naļve and sit on the sideline and let the convoy pass
as the dogs bark," the rabbi added. "We need a harsh protest here, of
course without raising a hand on soldiers or cursing, but rather a
tough passive protest by masses of Jews."
Rav Ronsky said that he is convinced that this is a war against the
forces of evil. "Any thinking person who sees the coldness and
meanness of the authorities, both legally and morally, understand
that there is a wicked intention here, which cynically uses all means
Rav Ronsky said that his eyes were opened when he saw the
representatives of the State Attorney´s Office lying. This happened,
he said, when a parole committee was convened to decide whether
Shlomi Dvir and Ofer Gamliel (of the "Bat Ayin underground" group)
could go free after serving two thirds of their jail sentences.
"I saw with my own eyes how the representatives of the State
Attorney´s Office lied," he recalled. "I gave an affidavit in which I
said they were lying, and I was ignored. That is shocking and as far
as I am concerned, that is when things changed. Government officials
lie to advance their world view." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/13/12)
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