The pro-settler Bayit Yehudi party publicly chastised the Sephardic chief rabbi on Friday for suggesting that Jews’ insistence on praying in Temple Mount has contributed to the violence currently engulfing Jerusalem.
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, the party chairman, posted on his Facebook page a response to Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef’s remark that “Jewish blood was spilt because they went up to Temple Mount.”
“That is incorrect,” Bennett wrote. “Honorable Chief Rabbi, Jewish blood was spilled because Arabs murdered them”
Bennett’s party colleague, MK Orit Struck, called the rabbi’s remarks “unfortunate.”
“I protest the blaming of Jews for the incitement and murder committed by Arab terrorists,” Struck said.