Speaking to Arutz-7 in a pre-election interview, Tzfas Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, son of the late Gaon HaRav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT”L spoke in defense of the candidates of the Bayit HaYehudi Party. “They are tzaddikim and “עובדי ה’” he exclaimed.
The rav told Arutz-7 “I saw a list of hundreds of rabbonim, important people, whom have significantly contributed to the benefit of Am Yisrael who support Bayit Yehudi. Generally speaking I do not get involved in these areas, it is not my task to instruct people in voting, but this time I feel the need for I am told Rav Ovadia said “They are wicked or something like that” in reference to Bayit HaYehudi.
“It is difficult for me to believe. I believe this is an error resulting from the fact that the rav is being misled. I am familiar with most of the people on the [Bayit Yehudi] list and they are simply tzaddikim. There are talmidei chachamim and G-d fearing people who contribute to the Jewish People. I do not understand how it can be said “they are all wicked”.
Rav Eliyahu questions how one can misled such a Talmid Chacham and feed him erroneous wicked information, and how one does teshuvah for such actions. “To say one who votes for them is a kofer?” I know many voting for the party and they are not kofrim. Someone has misled him terribly and it is most serious and I hope they correct it.”
“It is a mitzvah to vote for parties that advance Torah and work for Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael. To my sorrow, Shas is not among them for it already failed with Oslo. That is what Abba said. They brought an agreement that brought tragedy to Am Yisrael and they never asked forgiveness for this.
“There are a number of such parties and HaBayit HaYehudi is the best among them. Their candidates are worthy and I know them.
“I think their goal is correct, a state run according to Torah in Hashem’s ways.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)