President Peres met Thursday morning with rabbis, Yesha settlement movement leaders and representatives of the IDF Torah preparatory programs following the recent clashes between right wing activists and security forces.
At the subsequent press conference the president addressed the rabbis and said “The Middle East is burning. Is now the time to add fuel to the fire? Against Israel? Now is not the time. I do not agree with your way all the time, but I respect your legitimate rights.”
There was an across-the-board condemnation of the Monday night vandalism and violence by all of the rabbis of religious zionism. The vandalism was carried out by a small handful of activists. Strangely, none of them were arrested.