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Israel - Charedi Leaders Hit Out Against Bennett, Lapid

Published on: March 2, 2013 10:00 PM
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Israel - The senior haredi political leadership hit out angrily against both Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett over the weekend in response to the ever-greater likelihood that Shas and United Torah Judaism will be excluded from the forthcoming government.

Joint Shas leader Eli Yishai issued a statement on Facebook accusing Lapid of trying to “exclude the haredi parties from government and from Israeli society,” while charging Bennett with “sacrificing the future of the settlements on the alter of hatred for haredim.”

The exclusion of haredim has become a holy value for him,” said Yishai. Taking aim at Bayit Yehudi, the Shas leader said that “the hatred of Lapid towards us is stronger than the love of Bennett for the different parts of the Land of Israel and concern for the settlements.

“If this wasn’t the case, he would have known that the price of his friendship with Lapid will be expensive for the settlements of Judea and Samaria,” Yishai continued.

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He also accused Bennett of betraying the haredim, when they had opposed any further territorial withdrawals from the West Bank and who he said “understand that security comes before peace.”

“Anyone who wants to advance social changes needs to do it through understanding and respect, not through passing laws and decisions by those who will bear the changes are not part of the game and not part of the decision making process,” Yishai commented.

Senior United Torah Judaism MK Yaakov Litzman also weighed in against Bayit Yehudi, saying that “the boycott of an entire community is despicable and revolting behavior that is a mark of shame on the leadership of the Bayit Yehudi.”

Meir Porush, another UTJ MK said that “the disengagement of Bayit Yehudi from the Torah world strengthens Netanyahu to take steps, together with Yesh Atid, to enact a disengagement from Judea and Samaria,”

“I didn’t believe that people from Bayit Yehudi, who we worked with to strengthen the Land of Israel, would descend to such a dangerous and harmful process against the haredim and the Torah world,” Porush said. 

MK Moshe Gafni also hit out at Lapid, accusing him of deceit.

“It’s easy to say ‘we don’t hate haredim’ and then in practice do everything to harm the way of life, faith, outlook and compass of the haredi community,” said Gafni.

Gafni also told Lapid to “study some history and see that UTJ has been in opposition more than in government,” but noted that his party’s animus was directed more at Bayit Yehudi than Yesh Atid.

“Our claims are against his partners who suffer from a permanent boycott and are now joining Lapid’s boycott against the haredi community,” Gafni said of the national-religious party.

Bennett, in a lengthy explanation of the course of coalition negotiations in a Facebook post on Saturday night, said that he was not excluding either Shas or UTJ, and that the only party to boycott others had been Likud’s boycott of his party.

He also noted that Shas had waged “a campaign of delegitimization against the national religious [sector],” and referenced Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s comment that his party was “the house of non-Jews.”

Bennett went on to explain that his party had expected to be a natural partner and the first party to join the coalition after the election, but that a Likud decision to boycott Bayit Yehudi had forced them to act and form the pact with Yesh Atid not to enter the coalition without each other.


Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post

 


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 Mar 02, 2013 at 10:12 PM getitright Says:

Last I checked chareidi leaders are the rabbis of the chareidi world such as Rabbis steinman, auerbach,wosner,karelitz,to name a few.
The article you refer to all types of knesset members who represent chareidi parties.
None of them are leaders.
Your article heading is intentionally
misleading.
Once again.
You ought to pretend to lean toward truth and your roots.
At the end of the day this is to where you will return.

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 Mar 02, 2013 at 10:41 PM deft dumb blind Says:

lapid aish! cheridim have no place in a secular or any Israeli government

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 01:20 AM LionofZion Says:

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deft dumb blind Says:

lapid aish! cheridim have no place in a secular or any Israeli government

No, they belong in Tzahal. Once they actually contribute to Israel they should have a right to political power.

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 02:24 AM wsbrgh Says:

Lapid is doing Satmar's dirty work!

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 03:47 AM proud-mo-israeli Says:

Gafni & Yishai - your rabbis called Bayit Heyudi a house of Goyim & also ridiculed the wonderful Olim from the former Soviet Union. Did you really expect that we will want to sit with you in the same government.
Isn't Karma wonderful!

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 09:32 AM Yawvous Says:

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LionofZion Says:

No, they belong in Tzahal. Once they actually contribute to Israel they should have a right to political power.

All the religious belong in Zahal, to be leaders in Zahal and to throw out of Zahal all of the non-religious who join only and ONLY for reasons of co-ed get togethers and promiscuity. Israel's security is NOT in good hands with non-religious military and the filth of Israeli society overrunning a miltary in need of values.

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 09:47 AM abc Says:

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wsbrgh Says:

Lapid is doing Satmar's dirty work!

You mean satmar is whitewashing Lapid's evil doings.

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 10:18 AM share the "burden" Says:

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LionofZion Says:

No, they belong in Tzahal. Once they actually contribute to Israel they should have a right to political power.

You oysvorfs do YOUR share of Torah learning as well as mitzvos and then there may be something to talk about. Until then you are just more of the sonay yisroel we have been dealing with since the Avos!

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 10:25 AM radrad Says:

Wow. When tisha bav comes this year I will know what to mourn. Ain't no rebuilding the beis hamikdash with these clowns running amok

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 12:06 PM Anonymous Says:

The Arabs are not in the army but get more benefits than Chareidim. The Arabs even have a judge in the supreme court unlike the Chareidim.

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 01:54 PM proud-mo-israeli Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The Arabs are not in the army but get more benefits than Chareidim. The Arabs even have a judge in the supreme court unlike the Chareidim.

no hareidi can get in as they lack basic education in maths, English, history & civics. You make me laugh.

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 Mar 03, 2013 at 03:36 PM Anonymous Says:

You think the Arabs are so smart that's why they are in the Israeli court system but because Chareidim are ignorant they can't be judges. The average Israeli Chareidi is far smarter than the secular Israeli counterparts as he has years of deep Gomorrah study which sharpens ones mind. There are Chareidim who are very smart because of the Torah they studied. The reason there are Arabs in Israeli courts is because the liberal secular Israeli leaders are bowing to world pressure. They hate the Chareidim and can't wait to destroy them by putting them into their anti Torah army. Let them draft the arabs. The Arabs can cook the trief food for the army. They workin resteraunts all over Israel.

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