The former regional rabbi of Gaza said, Tuesday, that there are similarities between the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem almost 2,000 years ago and the government's uprooting of Jews from the area now controlled by Hamas, almost six years ago, as well as reasons not to compare the two events. In a special 9th of Av interview with Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Rabbi Yigal Kaminetsky said both events happened due to needless hatred, the classic reason given for the destruction of the Temple which, he said, should be the primary focus of the day.
Regarding Gush Katif, Rabbi Kaminetsky said, "Whoever said 'It won't happen,' was normal and sane because there was no reason for the destruction of the bloc, not from the security, military, economic, societal, Jewish or moral standpoint. It was simply illogical. Apparently it was done out of needless hatred." On an optimistic note, the rabbi cited the proximity on the calendar of the matchmaking festival of the 15th of Av. Noting a promise to the patriarchs that G-d will give them the places upon which they tread, he said that it should be clear to those who actually lived in Gush Katif that "it was not for nothing and with G-d's help, we will return there."