Deputy Education Minister was quick to respond to remarks made by MK Moshe Gafne in a Haaretz interview, in which he stated, “The Palestinians were here before us – we removed them from here”.
Porush had quite a different viewpoint for his party colleague, stating “Perhaps Gafne came after the Palestinians. I am here for eight generations. All of his embracing of the left-wing is puzzling, annoying and useless. I told him that already at the faction meeting a week ago”.
Adding to Gafne’s critics is the chairman of the Lehava organization, Bentzion Gupstein, who stated, “Gafne proves that the Torah is current and that there have always been spies in rabbinical garb”, opting to make reference to this week’s Parsha, Shelach.
Gafne responded to Porush angrily, explaining “It happens over and over again with Porush. He is critical of my words, the words of Degel Hatorah and that of Maran Rav Shach ZT”L and he did not hear my address. I said without acknowledging the Torah, we have no claim and no right to Eretz Yisrael. I had enough of Porush criticizing me. If he doesn’t know how to speak he should refrain from doing so”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)