A Vatican group is asking Israel's attorney general to indict the head of a far-right Jewish group who recently expressed approval for destroying churches in Israel, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (August 10, 2015).
The Custody of the Holy Land -- in a letter sent yesterday to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein -- said that Rabbi Benzi Gopstein of the group Lehava poses a threat to Christians in Israel. The letter referenced Gopstein's comments during an August 4 program that Christianity is idolatry and that the Bible calls for the destruction of idol worship.
"The writing is on the wall and the attack on people that will cause unknown results is not a matter of 'if,' but of 'when,'" warned the group, which is in charge of the Catholic Church's holdings in Israel.
In June, the Church of the Multiplication on the Sea of Galilee -- the site where Jesus multiplied two fish and five loaves of bread to feed 5,000 people -- was damaged in an arson attack by far-right Jewish extremists. In recent years, several other churches have also been targeted by Jewish extremists in "price tag" attacks.