"The responsibility for the massacre lies with the governments of Israel, which for years have displayed weakness and exhaustion and have seen to the armament of the enemy," the Yesha Rabbinical Council wrote in a stinging rebuke of the Israeli leadership following the Thursday's deadly terror attack against a
Eight rabbinical students were killed in the shooting perpetrated by a Palestinian gunman from east Jerusalem who infiltrated the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in the Kiryat Moshe quarter.
Calling the seminary a "flagship of those who love the Torah and the country," the council vowed that the spirit of the yeshiva would "triumph over the evil."
Many of the students who attend Mercaz HaRav belong to the settlement movement.
"Even now, the government is continuing to supply electricity and fuel to the Gaza Strip and negotiate with a Holocaust denier (an apparent reference to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) over the division of Israel and holy Jerusalem," wrote the council.