Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Tzfas and a son of HaGaon HaRav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT”L explains the Bayit Yehudi party is not against chareidim as alleged.
Rabbi Eliyahu, a prominent rav in the dati leumi community explains in the Shabbos עולם קטן weekly that “we are not against the chareidim. We are against Shas.”
He explains that in recent weeks he was among the rabbonim meeting with admorim and roshei yeshiva in the hope of reaching agreement and achdus. “I sat with members of the house (Knesset), meeting with many of them. I asked if they can commit in the name of Shas and Aryeh Deri not to betray us and not one responded. Not a single admor, not a single rav and not even MKs from Shas” he explains.
He feels that an agreement must be reached with Agudas Yisrael adding “even if they don’t all serve in the army and even if there is some past baggage, we are brothers and there must be achdus. We share views regarding Eretz Yisrael, Shabbos, tznius, and the importance of limud Torah. They are our brothers, no less than others.”
The rav highlights the need to find a solution with Agudas Yisrael regarding the sharing the burden issue, but this must be done by agreement and not coercion. “We are only opposed to those who sold us out with the Oslo Agreement. We must realize that not all chareidim are made of the same skin. We must warmly embrace Agudas Yisrael and bring them into the coalition.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)