Report: Yeshiva graduates plan revenge attack against Arab figure
Channel 1: Three alumni of school where 8 died in terror attack last week got rabbis' blessing for revenge attack.
Students from the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem, where an Israeli Arab gunman killed eight students last Thursday, planned a revenge attack against a senior Arab official affiliated with a Jerusalem mosque, Channel 1 television reported Tuesday.
The attack has not been carried out and no arrests have been made, Channel 1 quoted security sources as saying.
According to the report, three yeshiva alumni met at the school with two rabbis to discuss whether Jewish law would permit such an attack. The television channel reported that one of the rabbis gave his blessing for the attack, and an additional rabbi from a Tel Aviv suburb also gave his approval for the attack.
"Torah law is that you should respond," Channel 1 quoted one of the rabbis as saying.
The plan was to harm a senior Arab official affiliated with a mosque at the disputed Jerusalem holy site, Temple Mount, Channel One said.
Police believe the terrorist, who was from east Jerusalem, chose the religious school since it is the flagship of the Jewish settlement movement. The gunman was killed in the shooting.
Police would not comment on the report but said they have prepared for the possibility of such attacks in response to the shooting.
Any attack on a Muslim figure in Jerusalem would inflame tensions in the disputed city that is the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Due to the sensitivities, Israeli police have in the past acted quickly to stop several attempts by Jewish extremists to attack the mosque compound.
The holy site is located in Jerusalem's walled Old City, in east Jerusalem. Israel captured the sector of the city in the 1967 Six-Day War, and later annexed it. The Palestinians want east Jerusalem to serve as the capital of a future state.