Orthodox Jewish Rabbis Criticize Call for Gaza Cease-Fire
The Coalition for Jewish Values, representing over 2,500 Orthodox Jewish rabbis in American public policy, has voiced its opposition to the Union for Reform Judaism's call for a "humanitarian pause" in Gaza. The coalition warns that such a cease-fire would provide Hamas terrorists an opportunity to regroup and intensify their attacks against Israel.
Concerns Over a Potential Cease-Fire
In a letter sent on Thursday, the coalition's president, Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, and its managing director, Rabbi Yaakov Menken, expressed their concerns. They argued that a "humanitarian pause" would allow Hamas to regroup, rearm, and continue the physical and emotional torment of Jewish captives and their families. They also warned that it would enable Hamas to murder more Jewish soldiers when the fighting resumed.
Addressing the Hostage Situation in Gaza
Schonfeld and Menken highlighted in their letter that Hamas holds more than 240 hostages in Gaza, according to Israel. They described this as "the worst pogrom against Jews since the Nazi Holocaust." They further argued that Israel's siege, aimed at securing the release of these hostages and eradicating Hamas, is not only legitimate but also a moral imperative.
Response to the Union for Reform Judaism's Statement
The coalition leaders expressed their shock at the Oct. 27 statement from the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the American Conference of Cantors, which called for a "humanitarian pause" in Gaza. They cited statements from Secretary of State Antony Blinken and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who both argued that a cease-fire would consolidate Hamas's position and potentially enable them to repeat their terrorist attacks.
Criticism of the Union for Reform Judaism's Approach
Schonfeld and Menken criticized the Union for Reform Judaism's statement for focusing more on the "innocent civilians in Gaza" than on the Israeli soldiers and civilians who have been killed, and the hostages held by Hamas. They argued that such statements embolden Israel's enemies and risk causing further emotional torment to innocent families and casualties among those forced to fight for their lives.
The Union for Reform Judaism's Statement
The Union for Reform Judaism's statement acknowledges the Hamas terrorism and the hostages held in Gaza. It condemns the violence perpetrated against Israelis and calls on the international community to work for the immediate release of all the hostages. However, Schonfeld and Menken noted that the statement also focuses on the toll the conflict is taking on innocent civilians in Gaza and calls for a "humanitarian pause" to allow aid to flow into Gaza.
Concerns Over Aid Flowing to Hamas
The coalition leaders expressed concerns about how authorities would prevent aid from flowing directly to Hamas, which controls the government of the region and has a history of repurposing humanitarian relief materials to wage war against Israel.
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