In the wake of Wednesday's arrests in the Mea Shearim incident, Rabbi Zalman Melamed, the esteemed head of the Beit El Yeshiva, called for understanding.
"I'm not surprised," he told Arutz Sheva news. "A change in the hareidi attitude will not come through the police. Increased patrols in their neighborhoods will not make it easier for soldiers to walk there. Condemnations of attackers, though they may be just, will do nothing except intensify hatred and alienation," he lamented.
The new laws forcing yeshiva students to apply for the draft has caused a feeling of disenfranchisement in an already skeptical community. Rabbi Melamed suggested, "treatment should be the cause rather than the result. We need to create a better relationship with the Torah scholar. Cancel the savage budget cuts. Adopt appropriate frameworks in the military and professional courses. Attract them with bonds of love, not hate," he said.
Rabbi Melamed added that he felt certain politicians were fanning the flames through incitement against the hareidi minority.