Israel Chief Rabbi: Can't talk to Muslims right now

Monday, March 28, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate last week decided to suspend all interfaith dialogue with Muslims in the country until local Islamic clerics denounce the recent and ongoing terrorist attacks targeting Israeli Jews.

“Once again our neighbors have proved that we have no real partner,” Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger wrote in a statement to the press. “Until the inciting religious leaders denounce the terrorists, the Rabbinate will suspend its interfaith dialogue with them.”

Last week, Muslim terrorists detonated a bomb in downtown Jerusalem, the first large-scale attack in the capital in over two years. In southern Israel, Gaza-based terrorists have escalated their missile assault on Israeli civilians.

The lack of a clear denunciation from local Muslims has angered Israelis, and made many again very skeptical of the chances for a genuine peace.

An official in Metzger’s office told Israel’s Ynet news portal that the terrorists believe they are operating in the name of Allah, making it all the more important for so-called “moderate” Muslim clerics to denounce the attacks.

The Chief Rabbinate noted that when a Palestinian mosque was torched last year presumably by Jewish residents of Samaria, Metzger visited the site in order to condemn the attack and show solidarity with the victims. The Rabbinate expects to see Muslim leaders similarly condemn attacks on and show solidarity with Jewish victims.

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