Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita addressed the current nationwide security crisis during a memorial Thursday night the eve of 3 Cheshvan marking two years since the petira of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L. The rav attacked PA (Palestinian Authority) leader Abu Mazen for the ongoing incitement along with attacking Jews who visit Har Habayis.
“Har Habayis is not a private mountain for a group of tzaddikim” he explained, continuing to speak about the situation in which a 13-year-old has been sent to murder and then the PA dares to allege that Israel executed him. “We are scared to walk in the streets because of their barbaric actions” he added.
Rabbi Yosef continued, lashing out against those visiting Har Bayis and those “Who believe that nationalism supersedes halacha”. He stressed that Gedolei Hador throughout the generations have prohibited visiting Har Habayis and how dozens and dozens of Gedolim has written and explained this prohibition, questioning “They did not have ahavas Eretz Yisrael?”
Rabbi Yosef called on the tzibur to stop these visits to the holy site.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)