Noted Religious Zionist Rabbi Calls for anti-Qassam Militias

Rabbi Yisrael Rozen supports 'an eye for an eye' as a response to terrorism, calling the method ethical.

Well-known religious Zionist rabbi Yisrael Rozen is advocating unsupervised Jewish militias as a solution to the Qassam rocket fire in the South.

"Had the reins of the state been in 'Jewish' hands, not necessarily religious, we should have allowed the youth of Sderot, Ashkelon, the western Negev and anyone fit to bear arms ... to fight back in the framework of ungoverned militias," he wrote in remarks that will be published Friday in the weekly Zomet Institute bulletin Shabbat Beshabato.

"The eternal response to terror is counter-terror, an eye for an eye," wrote Rozen, who heads the Zomet Institute in the Gush Etzion settlement of Alon Shvut, which addresses issues related to Judaism and modern life.

"The strategic affairs minister will be able to argue that the State of Israel has become integrated in the Middle Eastern sphere and is incapable of controlling the mili[tant]-Zionist youth," Rozen argues.

Rozen wrote he would not argue with those who claim the suggestion is ineffective, "primarily because of the leftist underground organization in the media."

Rozen defends the proposal, saying he considers it an ethical one.

Earlier in the week, the settlers' rabbinical council expressed support for a return to the "Jewish ethic" of killing someone before he kills you.