Rabbis call for the dismantling of the Bennet-Lapid-Abbas government, it places Jews in a life threatening situation
The sanctity of life supersedes politics
TEL AVIV – Following the recent wave of terror attacks, the leadership of the Rabbinical Congress for Peace (RCP), which comprises over 400 leading rabbis in Israel, issues its strongest protest against the Bennett-Lapid-Abbas government, whose mere existence encourages Arab terror against innocent Jews.
“Our protest against the government this time is different and more painful that in the past,” said Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky, Chairman of the RCP and Rabbi of Central Tel Aviv. “In the past we protested against the policies and actions taken by the government, and warned that any territorial concession or signs of weakness will only encourage terrorism. This time we are protesting the very existence of this coalition. A coalition which hinges daily upon the support of Israel’s enemies and others, who support terrorism. The mere existence of such a coalition encourages and emboldens Arab terrorists to attack Jews. Our enemies feel themselves empowered and have taken control of the the narrative. Israel is humiliated and defeated, without any means of deterrence,” he said.
“The sanctity of life is a supreme Torah value that supersedes everything, including politics,” said Rabbi Avrohom Shmuel Lewin, Executive Director of the RCP, “It is the duty and obligation of every rabbi and community leader to protest and alert the public, whenever a matter of life or death presents itself. A rabbi who remains silent in the face of pikuach nefesh (a life-threatening situation) is not only committing a grave sin but is failing his rabbinical responsibility. Therefore, we have no choice but to call upon anyone and everyone who is able to persuade Members of Knesset to dismantle the present coalition to do so without delay,” Lewin said.
Echoing Rabbi Gerlitzky’s words, Lewin said “This coalition’s defeatism and surrender to those who support terrorism can be seen in all of the government’s decisions. There is not a single resolution that coincides with Bennett’s past statements. Since becoming Prime Minister, he has made a 180 degree turn to the left of the political spectrum.
“Take, for example, the recent decision that forbids expelling families of terrorists from Israel. We live in an impossible situation. Not only are we surrounded by millions of Islamists, who wish to see Israel destroyed, but there are hundreds of thousands of Arabs in Israel who share that same desire, while their representatives sit in the coalition (and Knesset) that is responsible for our safety and navigate the government’s decisions, as they see fit.”
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, chief rabbi of Tzfas and member of the Chief Rabbinate Council, reacted to the government’s decision not to expel families of terrorists: “Every country in the world understands the obvious; namely, that an enemy who undermines the country’s very existence and seeks to destroy it must be expelled from its borders. We are speaking about the existence of Israel. This is a law which was introduced by Bennet’s Yemina Party itself. Their retraction of this law only proves how strong of a grip Mansur Abbas has on this government.
“What they call merely “individual acts” increases and intensifies daily, which is a direct result of this malicious government. In truth, these are organized and institutionalized acts of terrorism, which are being incited in every mosque under the auspices of the Bennet government. Make no mistake, Bennet’s partner Abbas, himself advocates such acts of terrorism.
“The only way to defend Israel now is by dismantling this government and replacing it with a Jewish government that advocates Jewish pride and the integrity of the Land of Israel in accordance with the Torah of Israel,” Rabbi Eliyahu said.