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Satmar offers Israelis cash for not voting
Tali Farkash
Published: 24.12.12, 15:12
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1. They prefer galute over the land of the Torah?
Joe ,   World   (12.24.12)
No different than the Jews in Babylonia who stayed behind during Ezra's time. He should not be allowed to land. After all he is condoning the Zionist airport by using it to land and take off. Move to Tehran dude.
2. "cashback" reward
Michael ,   Haifa   (12.24.12)
Could be seen as compensation to citizens, whose taxes have been wasted by successive governments on ultra-orthodox parasites
3. The Jewish Hizbut Taharia
Simon ,   London UK   (12.24.12)
Why does World Jewry and Israel tolerate these people who sound exactly the same as the Islamic extremist group called Hizbut Tahariah. Or maybe we should call them the Talibani Jews.
4. Satmar antisemitism
RK ,   Eilat, Israel   (12.24.12)
We are becoming a living parody of all the worst things the antisemites say about us - money hungry, unethical, unclean, a people apart. This man shouldn't be allowed into the state, and his money has no place in the people's pockets or the state coffers, it's ill-gotten - as if it came from Nazis.
5. The whole haredi issue is so messed up!
Jew1 ,   Ashdod   (12.24.12)
They have so many sectors, Dati, haredi, ultra-haredi, dati-leumi, anti zionist etc. etc. But together they are not far from taliban (except dati leumi). God help us from these radicals.
6. kick him out of israel. make him a laughing stock. what an i
ralph   (12.24.12)
7. Satmar
Joe Canada   (12.24.12)
They should all be considered a persona non grata...
8. Can't you get arrested for that?
Jacob E ,   Holon, Israel   (12.24.12)
I know in the US you can get arrested for trying to influence an election like that, is it the same in Israel? On a side note... reminds me of Brewster's Millions... Just vote "None of the Above"
9. No big whoop
MCR ,   USA   (12.24.12)
The folks who are most likely to take the $$ would probably not vote anyway...or would vote for an Arab candidate. I don't think this will make a dent on the Religious Zionist vote, but it will make headlines that show how looney the Satmars are about Israel.
10. Carrying that much money is against US and Israeli law
Eric ,   Tel Aviv & NY   (12.24.12)
There are limits on the money you can carry, I believe it is currently $10,000 as anything else is considered money laundering until proven otherwise. Either the TSA or Israel Customs should apprehend him and hold the money until it is found to be legal. Also, any Senator carrying the money should also have it held because being a Senator does not convey diplomatically immunity and efforts to influence an election via bribes is a crime in both countries.
11. Satmar is a Puppet of Obama and Leftists
TruthJew ,   NY,NY   (12.24.12)
By preventing Chareidi Jews from voting in the elections, this enables the anti-Jewish, anti-Torah left to gain power and oppress the Jews. Follow the money trail. Satmar is doing the bidding of their master Obama.
12. just silly
Y ,   jerusalem   (12.24.12)
13. he should be deported as soon as he lands
chaim. ,   brooklyn ny   (12.24.12)
this jew hating piece of human garbage should be detained as soon as he sets foot in Israel,and put on the next plane that's leaving back to where he came from
14. Satmar
Eli White ,   Lakewood, NJ   (12.24.12)
Are womens' seminaries eligible as well?
15. Muslim Brotherhood SpinOff
GeorgeC ,   Earth   (12.24.12)
Take the money (ask for much more) and still vote! give the money to charity to help the Syrian children. This sub human sect of Satmar is a abomination of democracy plain and simple
16. Where do I sign up?
Avi Mizrachi ,   Tel Aviv   (12.24.12)
Mega-wealthy, fat-cat tycoons own these corrupt politicians who make us believe we're actually voting for a platform. It really doesn't matter who you vote for. In the end, only one thing is for certain in Israel: We will pay more and more for less and less until they have everything and we have nothing. Less than 20 families control more than 90% of the economy. Might as well not vote and make $100.
17. Sorry $100 doesn't cut it
Barbara ,   Haifa Israel   (12.24.12)
18. $$$
caleb ,   israel   (12.24.12)
Only $100?
19. It totally amazes me
Paul ,   Jerusalem   (12.24.12)
that these people claim to be the spiritual heirs of the Baal Shem Tov. Compare these spiritually deranged lunatics to the gems that have come out of Breslov or Chabad, which truly cares (through action) about the welfare of the Jewish people. Satmar has no capacity for rationality, no love, no real goal, and their presence in the Land is not welcomed.
20. Satmar
Mike ,   UK   (12.24.12)
These strange clown like people are a joke. The Satmas should go back to Poland, no wonder they threw the lot of them out.
21. Jewish Uncle Toms
Jake ,   USA   (12.24.12)
22. May Satmar & Netura Kartei Burn in Hell
meir elazar   (12.24.12)
along with all other Ovdei Avodat Zarah along with Datan and Aviram. They are as evil as Hamas and all terrorists. But they are worse because they pretend to be Jews.
23. Cut all state funding to Satmar Yeshivas
Johnny ,   Ramat Gan   (12.24.12)
24. Arrest and deport him to Gaza
Harvey ,   London   (12.24.12)
25. So What!
Ellen ,   Israel/NYC   (12.24.12)
Okay, the Satmar Rebbe will give out money. He'll have henchmen carrying the funds so it will be less than $10,000 per person. ( and therefore legal and requiring no advance declaration) His followers won't vote ( they rarely vote anyway in National elections) Even if an additional handful are convinced not to vote I do not understand the big deal, The only ones they are hurting by not voting is themselves. Those elected won't be individuals who support their needs. And this is a bad thing because....... ( and btw I am a religious zionist myself)
26. Not a sect. A Hassidic group
jonathan ,   mexico   (12.24.12)
We may not like them, but they are not a sect. If you are dumb enough to know the difference, at least read it in Wikipedia
27. Thank You Satamar
whoever ,   wherever, wahtever   (12.24.12)
For bringing money to state of Israel, and helpling the Economy. For brining more controversial arguments in a sense, and entertainment for not only the Jews, but also Gentiles. For demonstrating to the world, the democratic nature of The State of Israel For brining more confusion for the world of "Zionazism" believers
28. Anti Zionist Rabbi
Ross Gallen ,   Henderson, USA   (12.24.12)
Arrest him, try him, give him due process and jail him. Throw the key away to the jail.
29. Traitor
Cheryl ,   Chicago, IL   (12.24.12)
How can you even call yourself a Jew if you don't believe that G-d gave us that Land for an eternal inheritance. You're just like the Naturei Karta, who met with Mahmood Ahmedinejad. And Satmars and Naturei Karta live in Israel! You should be tried for treason.
30. Obama passed out cell phones.
SD Charger ,   San Diego   (12.24.12)
So, why can't the Rebbe pass out money? Obama's phone-vote was to GET votes, not stop people from voting?
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