The leaders of the Rabbinical Congress for Peace stated this week that “a situation in which millions of Jews are being held hostage by terrorists is unacceptable.” The RCP is an organization of over 400 rabbis founded in 1993 by many of the most prominent rabbis in Israel.
While government officials claim that there is no solution to the situation in Gaza, the rabbis insist that there is.
“In order to find a solution to the problem, the government must first acknowledge the root of the problem,” said Rabbi Yirmeyahu Cohen, a rabbinical judge in Israel and a leading member of the RCP. “The original sin and root of all problems is the delusional theory that withdrawing from territories brings peace and security. According to the Torah the sanctity of life takes precedence over all other considerations. That is why Jewish law forbids withdrawal from territory when it poses a danger to the lives of millions of Jews as well as non-Jews in Israel,” Rabbi Cohen explained.
“We have sounded the alarm repeatedly. We have urged the government to proclaim loudly and clearly that past withdrawals were a bitter mistake and will never be repeated. As long as the government does not acknowledge this, peace and security in the region cannot be achieved. All those Knesset members who voted in favor of the disengagement from Gaza must ask forgiveness from the people of Israel. They must take personal responsibility for the recent spilling of innocent blood,” said Rabbi Cohen. Continue Reading….