Leading religious Zionist rabbis sent a letter to US President Joe Biden amid the fighting in the Gaza Strip and asked him not to stop the soldiers from doing their jobs.
"Our blessings on your staunch unwavering support of Israel, the eternal nation, who introduced the canon of kindness and good, based on the Bible, from which many enlightened nations draw," the letter opens.
The rabbis added: "At this time, our nation is fighting for its life against cruel murderers who savagely shed the blood of innocent women, children, and elderly. It is incumbent on the world to support the eradication of this evil. Therefore, it behooves all to stand on the side of Israel, who stands at the forefront of this campaign. In the name of our people, we thank you and all."
The rabbis asked the President not to listen to the campaign against the settlements in Judea and Samaria. "At this juncture, we ask you not to heed those who espouse hatred of Jews and incite against settlers in Judea and Samaria. From close interaction we know settlers to be ethical, decent people. Their only objective is adherence to the Biblical calling for the Jewish people to return to the land of their fathers. Judea and Samaria are known as the very heart of the Holy Land."
Among the rabbis to sign the letter were Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, Rabbi Chaim Steiner, Rabbi David Hai HaCohen, Rabbi Eitan Eisman, and Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu.