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Jewish world reacts to Soleimani's death

Posted at 7:22 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 19:22:12-05

(LEX 18)  — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut his trip to Greece short amid concern the airstrike against Qasem Soleimani could lead to retaliatory action against the U.S and their allies.

Meanwhile, Chabad, one of the world's largest Jewish organizations in the world, has urged Jewish Emissaries to be on heightened alert.

Reaction has poured in from both home and abroad from Jews who say the world is a little bit safer with Qasim Soleimani dead.

He had long been considered the architect of deadly attacks against Jews in Israel and elsewhere and his outside influence extended to proxy groups throughout the Middle East including the Shi'ia Terrorist group Hezbollah.

When Rabbi-Shlomo Litvin studied in Israel, the country was still recovering from its devastating war with Hezbollah.

"Ther were craters near our school," remembered Litvin, "Fortunately our school itself was never hit, but it certainly had an impact on my personal life. So hearing that he was no longer capable of leading such, is a relief not only for me but for the state of Israel and Jews all over the world."

There's a nera universal consensus in the Jewish community that Soliemani was a malicious actor on the world's stage. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee celebrated the airstrike, but some Jewish Non-profits, like J-Street, expressed concerns that the move could further destabilize a region already fraught with conflicts.