Rabbi Weiss: No more disengagement

September 28, 2006 19:58

Outgoing military chief rabbi calls on gov't to abjure plans for convergence

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Rabbi Weiss: No more disengagement

yisrael weiss 298. (photo credit: Channel 2)

Outgoing OC Chaplaincy Corps Brig.-Gen. Yisrael Weiss said that there must never be another disengagement, Radio Kol Hai reported Thursday. During a farewell party at the College for Civil Administration in Glilot, the rabbi said, "Our future existence depends on an eternal pledge to never again conduct a disengagement or convergence." More than 200 hundred people attended Weiss's farewell ceremony, including Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz and other members of the General Staff. Many cabinet ministers and MKs were also present - including opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu. The rabbi's speech came moments after Halutz had left the event. Weiss said, "The good of our future existence requires an eternal oath of 'never again' - never again to a human disengagement, never again to human realignment. And forever yes to public and national human connections - of all kinds and as much as possible." "I have doubt in my heart whether, faced with the difficult, painful and bloody reality we experience daily, that the rabbis would give their consent [for a disengagement]," he said. "When I look at photos of the synagogues, educational facilities, and the yeshivot that once existed, my heart bleeds, my eyes gape open, and I don't find rest. I can't stop asking myself - were these sacrificed in vain? Will peace be built on the current destruction?" Weiss was heavily criticized prior to disengagement from the Gaza Strip in 2005 for his part in the pullout and subsequently for remaining in his post during the operation. The rabbi was also targeted for his decision to remove 48 graves from a cemetery near Neveh Dekalim during one of the last stages of the pullout. Disinterring the Jewish graves sparked deep-seated dissent. Many expressed fear they would be cursed for disturbing the dead. Matthew Wagner contributed to this report

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