In aftermath of bombing, interfaith dialogue is suspended in Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has suspended interfaith dialogue between Jewish and Muslim religious leaders in Israel until terror attacks on Israel are denounced.

In a statement released March 23, hours after a terrorist bombing rocked central Jerusalem, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Mezger called on the Muslim religious leadership to condemn the attack and the rocket attacks on Gaza from southern Israel.

“Our neighbors have once again shown that we have no real partner,” Metzger said in a statement. “So long as the inciting religious leaders won’t condemn the terrorists, the Chief Rabbinate will suspend its interfaith dialogue with them. We expect the religious leadership to firmly denounce the terror attack in the heart of Jerusalem.”

The bomb attack on a bus stop killed one and injured more than three dozen.

Metzger has condemned attacks committed by Jews against Palestinian targets, and has visited the sites where some of those attacks took place, Ynet reported.

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