Tishrei 8, 5769, 10/7/2008
Don't again abandon Hebron to Fatah terrorists
We were astounded and stunned to learn of plans to transfer security of the city of Hebron to the Fatah and Tanzim terrorists, a.k.a. 'the Palestinian authority.'
We warn: similar actions in the past always led to terrible bloodshed. These terrorists are notoriously known as criminal and terror gangs, whose nature has already been proven from previous murderous terror activity.
The infant Shalhavet Pass HY'D, was murdered by a terrorist identified with the Palestinian authority, and was trained by them as a sniper.
Twelve warriors, among them the Commander of the Hebron Brigade, Col Dror Weinberg, HY"D, fell as a result of transfer of security of Hebron to the PA in 2002. Another eleven Jews were murdered a week later when Bus 20 exploded in Jerusalem as a result of the reckless plan called 'Judea first.' A wave of terror swept through all of Israel, as terrorists from Hebron reached as far away as Haifa, all as a result of removal of IDF troops from Hebron and transfer of security authority to the PA.
The most recent victims of Arab terror from our vicinity, David Rubin and Achikam Amichai HY"D, were killed less than a year ago by PA policemen.
Transfer of security responsibility into the hands of Fatah terrorists will endanger the lives of thousands in the Hebron region, of hundreds of thousands who arrive to visit the holy sites in the city of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, and the lives of all the citizens of Israel wherever they are.
Anyone and everyone who participate in this derelict, irresponsible act will not be able to say, "Our hands have not spilled this blood."
Rabbi Dov Lior – Chief Rabbi, Kiryat Arba-Hebron
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi, Efrat
Rabbi Gideon Pearl, Chief Rabbi, Alon Shvut
Rabbi Eliezer Waldman, Former MK, Rosh Yeshivat Nir
Rabbi Yisrael Rozen, Rosh Machon Tzomet
Rav Re'em HaKohen, Rosh Yeshivat Otniel
Rabbi Hananel Etrog, M"M Rosh Yeshivat Shavei Hevron
Rabbi Moshe Hager, Colonel (Res), Rosh Torah Academy, Yatir
Rabbi Uzi Sharbaf, Rosh Kollel Shalhevet Techiat HaAretz
Tzvi Katover, Mayor, Kiryat Arba
Tzviki Bar-Chai, Mayor, Southern Hebron Hills
Avraham Ben Yosef, Mayor, Hebron
Attorney Eliyakim HaEtzni, former MK
Ron Shechner, Colonel (Res)
Noam Arnon, Baruch Marzel, David Wilder, Boaz HaEtzni
Nadia Matar, Orit Struk, Yehudit Katzover,
Ya'akov Sharvit, Malachi Levinger, Meir Lapid