Rabbis say Bible forbids uprooting Jewish settlements

Sunday, July 22, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

The Bible forbids Jews to participate in the uprooting of Jewish communities in the Land of Israel, ruled a council of chief rabbis from Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) on Thursday.

Israel National News reported that the rabbis had been asked by many Israeli soldiers whether or not it was lawful from a biblical standpoint to forcibly remove fellow Jews from portions of their God-given inheritance.

The response of the council was unequivocal: “It is forbidden to lend a hand to this task in any way.”

Fearing a national backlash, many rabbis declined to issue such rulings or interpretations of scripture prior to the 2005 evacuation of all Jews from the Gaza Strip. But with polls showing that a majority of Israelis now believe the Gaza “disengagement” was a mistake, religious leaders are becoming more bold in their application of biblical precepts to modern political moves.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last week said it was an unrealistic “dream” for Israel to retain control of all Judea and Samaria, and that he intends to uproot additional settlements despite the public's views on further land withdrawals.

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