in plain sight and surrounded by the smells of multiple barbecues being cooked by ultra-Orthodox Jewish families in Jerusalem's Sacher Park, he brazenly urged the same government to expel Christian places of worship from the Holy Land.
"We don't speak about people to do it. It's what the government needs to do," Mr Gopstein told the Telegraph in a rare interview with a foreign news outlet. "If the government wants to [have] a Jewish state, that's what we say."
Mr Gopstein was chillingly dismissive of the reasons behind the crackdown - saying he would shed no tears for one-year-old Ali Dawabshe, the Palestinian child whose death in last Friday's arson attack triggered a wave of condemnation from Israeli politicians.
"I don't support [but] I don't cry for it because my people are dying," he said when asked if he too condemned the attack, for which suspects are yet to be arrested.
"My people are dying every day, so I don't have tears for my enemies. But I don't do it, and I tell my people not to do it. "
Asked how a one-year-old child could be his enemy, Mr Gopstein invoked Ali Dawabshe's brother Ahmad, aged four, who survived the fire but suffered third-degree burns to 60 per cent of his body.
"If you see his [Ali's] brother, his brother is five or six. He says, 'I want to to be a shahid [martyr]'," Mr Gopstein said.
In fact, there is no record of Ahmad, who is gravely ill and has been visited in hospital by leading Israeli figures, including Mr Netanyahu and Reuven Rivlin, the president, having said this.
|Originally posted by marymary100|
He is a dangerous individual, he may, publicly, condemn violence, but his attitude is one of confrontation and violence. Problem is, you cannot rationalise with these people.