Daily Israel Report

Rabbi Ronsky: Nothing Wrong With Collective Punishment

Former IDF Chief Rabbi Avihai Ronsky believes that Israel must hit Palestinians hard - collectively - in order to free the kidnapped teens
By Moshe Cohen
First Publish: 6/22/2014, 3:52 PM

Soldiers coordinating search for missing teens
Soldiers coordinating search for missing teens
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Former IDF Chief Rabbi Avihai Ronsky believes that there is only one way Israel can find and free kidnapped teens Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel (16), and Gilad Sha'ar (16) – by punishing all Palestinians in the area where searches are taking place, collectively.

Writing on his Facebook page, Rabbi Ronsky said that even though the IDF was conducting mass arrests against Hamas terrorists, and had imposed a closure on Hevron, there was still much more to be done. “The steps already taken are very basic,” he said. “We must cause an earthquake, at least within Hamas.

“We see examples of the proper attitude in the Tanach (Hebrew Bible),” he said, “as well as in modern days.” The Bible (in Genesis 34) tells of how a local warlord in Shechem raped his daughter Dinah, and then asked for her hand in marriage. His sons Shimon and Levi refused to allow this, and massacred the residents of the city, who had not directly participated in he rape.

“When Jacob confronted them and expressed his fears that now he would be a target of the other warlords, Shimon and Levi asked 'are you satisfied to allow our sister to turned into a prostitute?' In other words, if we remain quiet and do not react, our security situation will become worse, not better,” Rabbi Ronsky wrote.

“Only with a sharp blow will we make it clear that Jewish blood is not cheap,” he wrote. “The same goes today: Only by dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which caused millions of deaths, did the US bring an end to World War II. In the end, the number of victims were smaller than they would have been both for the allies and the Japanese.” By striking hard at Hamas, he added, Israel would ultimately be saving lives, both Israeli and Palestinian.