â€˜Kick democracy in the balls – give it back to the Greeks’, says Jewish fanatic
UKRAINIAN-BORN Gideon Ahronovitch, 36, personal assistant to an aging extremist rabbi, doesn’t go a bundle on democracy.
Interviewed in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron, Ahronovitch said:
We have this thorn in the butt called democracy. This is the Kingdom of David. We need to kick democracy in the balls. Give it back to Greece. Modern democracy is an American thing.
Ahronovitch says the sooner the world recognises that Israel is a land given to the Jews by God, the sooner it will give up on the idea of a Palestinian state.
This land does not belong to the rest of the world to give away. God gave it to us, the Jews. All you have to do is read the Torah and you will understand that.
Ahronovitch was apparently speaking on behalf of rabbi Moshe Levinger, who can do little speaking on his own account. He’s 74, and has suffered several strokes.
Levinger won fame in Israel in 1968 for being the first modern Jewish settler in Hebron. He once served 13 weeks in prison for shooting dead a Palestinian shopkeeper he said was trying to kill him. He is known for his antagonistic views towards Palestinians, and supports the deportation of those Palestinians who do not obey Jewish law to the surrounding Arab countries.
Levinger is also a supporter of an Israeli state governed by Jewish law instead of parliamentary democracy.