Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger Shlita has broken the silence, speaking out on Sunday against the violent protests surrounding the exhumation of kevarim at the proposed building site of Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.
The rav explains he supports dialogue, sitting around a table to discuss idea and differences. Such actions can promote understanding and mutual agreement he explains, but the protests “are not the way”, stating they actually encourage extremism and widen the already existing chasm.
Speaking to Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) on Sunday, the Rav stated that “once a decision was reached, one must respect the authority, in this case the government”.
The Rav spoke of hoping the government would seek a compromise, but now, following a decision, after the fact, “the protests have no value”. He accuses “chareidi elements” of seeking to “agitate others” and rejects any attempt to accuse the decision makers of acting “out of malice”, insisting their motives are genuine, but adds there are many who believe that disturbing graves can indeed bring tragedy to a nation.
Rav Metzger was adamant in his comments, opposed to protests after a decision has been rendered, warning such actions “only serve to fan the flames of hatred where we should be working to enhance unity”.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)