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Top rabbis urge followers to ‘do everything’ to thwart new government Chaim Druckman, one of the national religious leaders who signed letter, disavows incitement and violence after Shin Bet chief warns of rising threat of political violence Leading national religious rabbis on Saturday night released an open letter calling for their supporters to “do everything” to ensure the so-called “change government” is thwarted. The letter was released shortly after the director of the Shin Bet security service, in a rare statement, warned against political violence and incitement, saying that somebody could get hurt. Nadav Argaman urged politicians, religious leaders, educators and other public figures to speak out clearly to defuse the danger. In a follow-up statement on Saturday night, Rabbi Chaim Druckman, one of the signatories of the letter, denied that the rabbis’ public call could be interpreted as incitement and said he opposes all forms of violence. Another signatory, Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, on Sunday morning said it was self-evident that the rabbis opposed any hateful actions or even hateful thoughts. The rabbis’ letter said: “We cannot accept a reality in which a government will be formed in Israel that will harm the most fundamental matters of religion and state that were accepted since the establishment of the State of Israel and until today by all Israeli governments.” https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.timesofisrael.com/top-rabbis-urge-followers-to-do-everything-to-thwart-new-government/amp/