Government warns of 'actual bloodshed' if synagogue demolished

Government asks Supreme Court to delay Givat Ze'ev synagogue's demolition by several days to ensure maximum security.

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Residents gather for showdown at Givat Ze'ev synagogue
Residents gather for showdown at Givat Ze'ev synagogue
Eliran Aharon

The State filed an urgent request to the Supreme Court Monday, asking to delay the demolition of the Ayelet HaShachar synagogue in Givat Ze'ev. 

The state stated that the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister were given intelligence assessments from security officials warning of actual bloodshed in the event the congregants were evicted from their synagogue without consent - despite news of a compromise first revealed by Arutz Sheva

On Sunday, representatives of the government - headed by Ministers Moshe Ya'alon, Naftali Bennett and Aryeh Deri - the Givat Ze'ev Regional Council head, the synagogue's rabbi, and a representative of the synagogue's congregants reached a compromise over the demolition, in which a new building was promised to the synagogue within three months and a temporary structure provided. 

Another meeting Monday with all parties involved yielded an agreement for the synagogue to be evicted peacefully, and for all the constituents to leave of their own will - and to ensure that every object had been removed from the building.

To this end, the date for demolition was set for Thursday - with no postponements allowed later than some 3 weeks from now, December 10, 2015. A security detail will be posted to the site 24/7 until the demolition ends, ensuring no one can enter the building. 

The outline signifies a compromise between religious leaders, congregants, MKs, and Israelis across the country who protested against the demolition of the synagogue, which despite being built over 20 years ago was slated for demolition after a petition from extremist leftist group Yesh Din.

The group claims that the structure had been build on privately-owned Palestinian Arab land, but congregants say they have proof they purchased it legally, and note the alleged Arab "owner" has yet to emerge. Public officials have rallied behind the synagogue and called to save it, stating that sends the wrong message to Israelis over the character of the Jewish state. 








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