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Daniel Gordis

Rabbi's Shooting Has Israel on the Edge

Tensions are high. What happens next?
Palestinian youth clash with Israeli police Thursday in Jerusalem.
Palestinian youth clash with Israeli police Thursday in Jerusalem.

The Menachem Begin Heritage Center is adjacent to the German Colony and Bakka, two of the most expensive residential areas in Jerusalem. Located in West Jerusalem, not in a contested area, the center is a museum and conference center often used by government officials. So safe is its surrounding area, though, that there's often no real security at the entrance. When I was working on my biography of Menachem Begin and used its archives extensively, no one ever searched my bag. It was an undeclared safe zone.

All that changed last night. Jerusalem went to sleep to the news that after an event at the center, an unknown assailant had shot Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who has both American and Israeli citizenship and is a well-known advocate for greater Jewish access to the Temple Mount. Glick, the news said, had been hit four times (in the chest, stomach, neck and arm) by an assailant who first spoke with him to ascertain his identity, and then fled on a motorcycle. Glick, Shaare Zedek hospital said, was in serious but stable condition.