Leading moderate rabbi Eli Sadan said regarding the planned evacuation of West Bank settlements in the framework of the government’s convergence plan,
“a small minority in Israel cannot and should not fight the majority with force.”
In a flyer distributed in synagogues throughout the country, Sadan, one of the heads of the “Bnei David” pre-military academy in Eli, said “The mere thought that we can stop majority decisions by force is childish.
'Sharon came and annihilated Gush Katif'
“A civil war would mean the end of everything – the West Bank, Jerusalem, central Israel – everything will be destroyed,” he said.
Turning his attention to last summer’s Gaza disengagement, Sadan said ‘we feel as though we have been betrayed; it is the State that sent the Gush Katif settlers on their mission, and despite the fact that (former prime minister Ariel) Sharon rose to power on the basis of a platform that opposed a unilateral pullout, he came and annihilated Gush Katif.
“There are those who say: ‘What if they come to evacuate us from our lands (in the West Bank); will we go like sheep to slaughter? We have no choice but to fight for the Land of Israel’. The answer to this is clear: Even if we will be successful in delaying this or that evacuation by applying force, there is no doubt this will lead to more force being applied against us – force that is stronger than ours,” he said.
“The suggestion to use force in the struggle (against evacuation) stems from hatred,” he added. “Only if we act like the merciful mother from the King Solomon trial will we be worthy of inheriting the Land of Israel. We must focus our energy on helping the people of Israel open their eyes and go back to loving their torah and land.”