Photo: Ilan Marciano
Rabbi Yaakov Ariel
Photo: Ilan Marciano
Rabbi Dov Lior
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Religious Zionism rabbis unite for Migron

Hundreds of rabbis invited to attend emergency meeting following demolition of three houses in unauthorized settlement. Rally's organizers slam PM Netanyahu, call him 'expert in betraying voters' trust'

Dozens of rabbis have confirmed their participation in an emergency meeting scheduled to be held Monday in the unauthorized settlement of Migron in the Binyamin region, following the demolition of three houses last week and ahead of the planned razing of dozens of other structures.


Tzohar Chairman Rabbi David Stav confirmed that the organization's president, Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, will represent Tzohar at the meeting. "We are taking part in the effort to organize a meeting with the prime minister on this issue," Stav told Ynet.


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Hundreds of rabbis have been invited to the rally, which will be attended by representatives of different Religious Zionism streams, including senior members of the Tzohar organization, which usually avoids engaging in political issues.


'Religious Zionism united thanks to Bibi'

Apart from Rabbi Ariel, speeches will also be delivered by Rabbis Haim Drukman, Dov Lior, Zalman Baruch Melamed and Nahum Eliezer Rabinovich – all senior Religious Zionism leaders, as well as Migron Rabbi Itai Halevi and Mateh Binyamin Council head Avi Roeh.


The rabbis will later hold an open discussion along with other religious leaders on ways to save the Migron houses. Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu will conduct a children's prayer.

ידונו בדרכים להצלת בתי הקבע. מגרון בשבוע שעבר (צילום: גיל יוחנן) 

Migron residents, last week (Photo: Gil Yohanan)


The rally was initiated by two rabbinical organizations" Derech Emunah and the Teaching House for Public Affairs. The first body brings together hundreds of right-wing rabbis and is identified as the National Union's rabbis' council.


The organization was headed in the past by Chief Rabbis Avraham Shapira and Mordechai Eliyahu, who were considered the leaders of Religious Zionism. The organization's activity weakened following Rabbi Shapira's death, but has been resumed in the past two years.


Harel Cohen, the organization's secretary-general and one of the meeting's organizers, told Ynet that the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would have to be thanked for the event's success.


"Bibi is an expert in betraying the trust of his Israel-loving voters, uniting Religious Zionism and its rabbis," he said.


The meeting's organizers say the issues on the agenda have not been determined yet, but that they are convinced that refusing orders during the evacuation of Jewish communities will be a major topic.


According to the organizers, last week was the first time since the State's establishment that settlers' permanent houses were destroyed in the middle of the night.



פרסום ראשון: 09.16.11, 15:00
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