Israeli settler leader: Fires are divine punishment for planned evacuations

A leader of Israeli settlers said that the fires raging in Israel, which officials partly attribute to Palestinian arsonists, are really divine punishment for the government’s plans to uproot settlements.

The chief rabbi for Samaria and the community of Elon Moreh, Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, made the controversial assertion about the 250 fires recorded in recent days in Israel in a pamphlet he published Thursday, the news site Srugim reported.


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