Israeli President Calls Argentinian Chief Rabbi After Assault

'The State of Israel will do everything necessary to protect every Jew, wherever they choose to live' Rivlin tells Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich

Argentina's Chief Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich delivering a speech during an annual dinner in Buenos Aires on November 8, 2018.
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President Reuven Rivlin spoke Tuesday with the chief rabbi of Argentina, Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich, who was assaulted in his Buenos Aires home on Monday.

"I called to send my regards and express my worry for the security of the large Jewish community which you lead," Rivlin said to Davidovich, who was hospitalized following the attack in his home, via phone call.

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"The State of Israel will do everything necessary to protect every Jew, wherever they choose to live," Rivlin said. "We will implement any means in order to banish every threat. We will not allow those who wish ill upon us to pursue us."

"We trust you to be strong and return to your many duties as the rabbi of your congregation," the president said, "and we are sending you a brave embrace from the nation of Israel in its entirety."  

Unknown individuals broke into Rabbi Davidovich's home at 2 A.M. on Monday. They beat Davidovich and told him: "We know that you are the rabbi of the Jewish community." The assailants also stole valuables and money from his home, and though Davidovich's wife was there, she was unharmed in the incident. A report has been filed with the Argentinian police.