Rabbi to settlers: Shoot back at troops

By JONAH MANDEL
March 8, 2011 00:01

A Chabad rabbi has called to strike back at soldiers in the same way they act against settlers, predicting a civil war among Israel’s Jews.

“The army has decided to fight against the Jewish settlers of the Land of Israel,” Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe, head of the Eretz Yisrael Shelanu movement, told Israel Radio’s religious Reshet Moreshet station last week. “So when Jews or Arabs come the way they did at Gilad Farm to destroy homes, and they shoot rubber bullets, they should have rubber bullets shot back at them. And if they come to beat people, they should be beaten back,” he said.

“I hate saying this, but it looks like it’s unfortunately approaching a state of war between Jews,” the rabbi told the radio station. Wolpe, who is not considered part of the mainstream settler leadership, also compared Defense Minister Ehud Barak to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

“There are currently two leaders who shoot at citizens – Barak and Gaddafi,” he said. “Neither will get away with it.”


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