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Rabbi Avigdor Neventzal, a rabbi in Jerusalem's Old City, said yesterday that anyone who gives away parts of the land of Israel to gentiles is open to a din rodef - a religious license to kill a fellow Jew.

Neventzal stressed, however, that while it is impossible to issue a din rodef verdict today, "it should be known that anyone who wants to give away Israeli land is like a rodef, and certainly land should not be given to idolators," he said.

A public storm erupted nine years ago when West Bank and Gaza rabbis debated before the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin whether he should be subjected to din rodef. This is the first time that din rodef has been mentioned again by a respectable rabbi in the context of giving away Israeli lands.

The head of the Yesha rabbi's committee, Rabbi Dov Lior, said that secular Zionism has reached the end of its way. Lior said that religious Zionism educates its sons to serve in the army and obey orders, but when orders opposing the way of the Torah are given, "the Knesset, government and even the High Court have no say."