Bat Ayin Residents Don't Seek Revenge

Ad Feedback - BAT AYIN, Israel - Some 50 residents of Bat Ayin gathered Thursday evening, following the 5:00 p.m. funeral of 13-year-old Shlomo Nativ.

Community Rabbi Daniel Cohen said he didn't see desire for revenge on their faces.

"I didn't see rage. I saw pain," Cohen told YNet news, adding that the Jewish response to acts of terror is not to be intimidated, but to continue living in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), the nation's biblical heartland.

"The only response to the murder of our sons is to add one community after another and cause deterrence," he said.

"I don't know what is going on in my friends' hearts, I'm not God, but I believe everyone agrees about this. I didn't hear one word about taking revenge," the rabbi said.

"I spoke to the residents about our pain and our grief and about the strength we're receiving and the complete faith that we have in our right to be here in Israel," he said.

"I explained to them that God sometimes picks roses from the garden and brings them over, and that it's the righteous youths of all people that He takes," the rabbi said.

Rabbi Cohen said the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) were doing their utmost to apprehend the perpetrator.

"I didn't even think about a failure on the part of the IDF," he said. "I am certain that they did the best they could."

Before the meeting, Rabbi Cohen visited the Netiv family, who began sitting shiva, the seven-day Jewish mourning period.

"I was there for a long time. [They are] a great, gentle and deep family. They're sitting there in their small living room with the eight remaining children, pleasantly and silently," he said.

Source: YNet news

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