Former IDF Chief Rabbi: If violence continues, I will leave Itamar settlement
Rabbi Avichai Ronsky, current head of Itamar settlement in West Bank, also called on settlement heads to meet urgently in wake of rightist attack on IDF base Tuesday.
Former IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Ronsky, current head of the Itamar settlement, said on Tuesday that if violence such as the earlier rightist attack on an IDF base in the West Bank continues, he will consider leaving the Itamar settlement.
Speaking to Channel 7, Ronsky said, “We must stop this thing at once, we cannot carry on as normal. I am calling on educators in Judea and Samaria, and on heads of settlements, to meet and see what they should do, it is impossible to continue like this.”
“I am telling you something from my gut. If this reality will govern here, then I have no more place here, I will not stay in this place,” Ronsky added.
Ronsky called for an urgent meeting of all settlement heads following Tuesday's attack by right-wing activists and settlers on the IDF base, in which some 50 people entered the base and threw rocks, burned tires, and vandalized military vehicles, and an IDF officer was lightly wounded.
Ronsky continued to express his condemnation for the incident in the Channel 7 interview, saying that an attack of this kind has never happened before, and describing some of the occurrences as “appalling.”
“The Brigade Commander described an appalling incident to me – they opened the door of the jeep and threw a concrete block that passed between the brigade commander and the driver, it could have killed him,” he said.
According to Ronsky, “This is not just the crossing of a red-line, this is something far more serious.“
The attack was widely condemned by politicians and right-wing groups on Tuesday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting to deal with the 'intolerable' attacks on IDF soldiers.