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Israel - Possible Abbas-Rabbi Yosef Meeting in the Works

Published on: December 20, 2010 02:08 PM
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Israel - Shas spokesman said rabbi could have interfaith dialogue with Abbas if he took key steps; Kadima MK wants faction to meet Palestinian leader.

Shas mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who recently called Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas “a snake” could soon end up meeting with him.

The potential meeting is the initiative of Yosef’s attorney and confidant, David Glass, who was part of a delegation of more than 60 left-wing activists who met with Abbas over lunch on Sunday at the Mukata compound in Ramallah. Glass spoke to Palestinian officials Yasser Abbed-Rabbo and Saeb Erekat after the lunch about organizing the meeting.

Glass suggested that at a time when direct talks are not taking place between Israeli and Palestinian leaders at the political level, this could be a time for religious figures to get involved.

“There might be those who are close to the rabbi who would oppose such a meeting, but he usually takes my advice,” Glass said.

A Shas spokesman responded that the rabbi had issued a formal ruling that “there currently is not a Palestinian partner for peace,” but he said “Yosef could change his mind if Abbas took key steps and then there could be room for interfaith dialogue between the rabbi and Abbas.” Meanwhile, Kadima MK Shlomo Molla, who also participated in the lunch, proposed to his party head Tzipi Livni that the entire Knesset faction meet with Abbas.

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Livni, who has come out repeatedly against the offer that her predecessor at the helm of Kadima, Ehud Olmert, made to Abbas, told Molla that she would have no problem with Kadima MKs meeting with Abbas but that she personally did not want to, because she did not want to be seen as undermining Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on diplomatic issues.



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 Dec 20, 2010 at 02:13 PM Anonymous Says:

It would be much better if this chacham could focus his remaining time/energies on religious challenges facing the chareidi kehilla (and they certainly have enough of those) and leave the political and national security issues to the PM and the generals.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 02:26 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

It would be much better if this chacham could focus his remaining time/energies on religious challenges facing the chareidi kehilla (and they certainly have enough of those) and leave the political and national security issues to the PM and the generals.

Tell your own rabbi what to do with his time. Leave rabbi yosef to himself because I am positive he know better then your rav and definitely better than you! as for the meeting I highly doubt it will happen.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 03:09 PM Askupeh Says:

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Anonymous Says:

It would be much better if this chacham could focus his remaining time/energies on religious challenges facing the chareidi kehilla (and they certainly have enough of those) and leave the political and national security issues to the PM and the generals.

You forgot to add "and to us"; armchair generals.

Does anyone really think that the general's political views are any better then ours? Every general in Israeli history has taken the stand that if Israel gives away territory it will become indefensible; yet governments after government are willing to gamble with Jewish lives.

If not for the bloodthirstiness and arrogance of the Arabs, Arafat and Assad and company; Israel would have had long ago given away the whole Golan plus a full half of present day Israel. Shoimer Pesoiyim Hashem.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 03:17 PM Anonymous Says:

the Arabs are desperate now. so they are using us for their goals as arafat did,Lets be strong and tell them to jump in the sea.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 03:20 PM RabbiKoon Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Tell your own rabbi what to do with his time. Leave rabbi yosef to himself because I am positive he know better then your rav and definitely better than you! as for the meeting I highly doubt it will happen.

i agree with #2 two thumbs up! Reb Yosef is a great and his torah knowledge will help

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 03:27 PM Anonymous Says:

How come only certain Orthodox Jews are allowed to meet with Arabs so frequently (R. Froman, R. Schneier, Agudists, R. Yosef), but NOT NK??

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 05:00 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

How come only certain Orthodox Jews are allowed to meet with Arabs so frequently (R. Froman, R. Schneier, Agudists, R. Yosef), but NOT NK??

If u cant answer that question ureslf u have issues.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 05:46 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

How come only certain Orthodox Jews are allowed to meet with Arabs so frequently (R. Froman, R. Schneier, Agudists, R. Yosef), but NOT NK??

meeting or agreeing with them that the Holacast did not exist? that is what NK does when they showed up in that conference in Iran last year.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 07:19 PM michali Says:

If this is in fact true that a gadol would meet with a murderer of our people then we really need to do teshuva to bring Moshiach. The Lubavitcher Rebbe z'tl would never do such an irresponsible thing.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 08:44 PM ShatzMatz Says:

does chacham ovadia speak arabic? if yes it could have positive reprocussions if they meet.

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 10:19 PM Anonymous Says:

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ShatzMatz Says:

does chacham ovadia speak arabic? if yes it could have positive reprocussions if they meet.

No but it wouldn't matter anyway since Abas is fluent in English

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 Dec 20, 2010 at 10:43 PM Hindy Says:

Gedolim and delegations of Rabbanim have met with non-Jewish leaders throughout history, including when these leaders were hostile to the Jewish community living in their midsts. It's not unprecedented.

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 Dec 21, 2010 at 12:10 PM CommonSense Says:

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michali Says:

If this is in fact true that a gadol would meet with a murderer of our people then we really need to do teshuva to bring Moshiach. The Lubavitcher Rebbe z'tl would never do such an irresponsible thing.

uh..last time I checked..that's precisely what peace between old enemies means.
People who used to kill one another's people stop and make peace.
It's happened many times in history.

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