Israel - Rabbi: Attempt to Draft Haredim Brought War
Israel - Renowned rabbinical preacher and outreach personality Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak claimed on Tuesday that a โprophecyโ he had made about the outbreak of war had come true with Operation Pillar of Defense.
During a lecture in June this year in Tiberias, Yitzhak said a war would break out between Israel and its enemies because of efforts to draft haredi (ultra- Orthodox) yeshiva students into the army.
He made the comments while the government was trying to agree on legislation to integrate yeshiva students into military service, following the High Court of Justiceโs February ruling that the previous arrangement โ in which full-time yeshiva students could opt out of serving โ was illegal.
โGod sits in heaven and plays with them, and laughs, โAll of a sudden theyโre going to be drafted, theyโll draft them, equality [in the military draft], equality,โโ Yitzhak said at the time.
โDonโt interfere with the apple of my eye,โ the rabbi said, as if quoting God. โThose who study Torah are the apple of Godโs eye, donโt interfere with them in case He does not remain silent.โ
He warned that โnow youโll see, before they can agree on a new law, a war will break out, as always happens when people oppose those who observe the Torah and its commandments, and then youโll remember what I said and see if it was true or not.โ
He made similar comments again in August during a talk in Dimona.
The rabbiโs official website, Shofar.tv, published a statement on Tuesday drawing attention to his comments.
โLess than three months after the rabbi spoke on this issue in Dimona, and after two weeks of [rocket] barrages on the communities of the South, the Hamas Chief of Staff Ahmed Jabaari was eliminated,โ the statement read.
โOn the eve of the new month of Kislev, massive rocket fire was directed at Beersheba and southern Israel, and shortly after, it was decided to initiate Operation Pillar of Defense.โ
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