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      Rabbi to Netanyahu: We Are Not the Enemy

      Leading religious-Zionist Rabbi Chaim Druckman deplores violence at the Gilad Farm, said, “Residents of Judea and Samaria are not the enemy.”
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 3/1/2011, 11:12 AM / Last Update: 3/1/2011, 1:22 PM

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      Rabbi Chaim Druckman, a leading figure in the religious-Zionist world, has voiced his disapproval of police and army violence at Gilad Farm in Samaria. He sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu deploring the government's approach to the issue.

      If homes must be demolished, “it should be done with coordination and dialogue, not as a battle. Residents of Judea and Samaria are not the enemy,” he said.

      Rabbi Druckman noted that during the eviction at Gilad Farm police made no effort to respect residents' religious views by assigning female officers to deal with women in cases where physical contact was used. “Even during the expulsion from Gush Katif and in Amona, security forces made an effort to avoid this type of harsh blow to the sensitivities and religious modesty of local residents,” he said.

      In response, Natan Eshel of the Prime Minister's Office told Rabbi Druckman's aide, Efraim Meir, that Netanyahu held a meeting Monday to discuss the violence at Gilad Farm. Netanyahu met with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and expressed the severity in which he views the use of pneumatic bullets and the insensitivity to religious practice.