The Satmar Rebbe from Kiryas Yoel, Rav Aron Teitlebaum Shlita, arrived in Eretz Yisrael on Tuesday. The rebbe arrived at Ben-Gurion International Airport during the morning hours, on a Continental Airlines flight.
The rebbe traveled to Eretz Yisroel in honor of the chasnah of a grandson of his brother-in-law. The chosson is Chananya Yomtov Lipa Meizlish, the son of Rav Chaim Tzvi Meizlish Shlita, rav of the kehila and son-in-law of Rav Rav Yisrael Hager of Vishnitz and the great grandson of the Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita.
Prior to setting out to Eretz Yisrael, the Satmar Rebbe Shlita made his first public statements regarding the recent agreement (http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=114990) between Satmar and Belz, ending decades of disconnect and machlokes.
The rebbe addressed yeshiva bochrim prior to heading for the airport, discussing some of the history surrounding the severed ties, explaining that he will visit “admorim while in Eretz Yisrael, even those who are not part of our camp. We don’t plan to change out ways, fighting on behalf of Hashem, in line with the tradition handed down from our fathers”.
He spoke of the need to continue fighting those who act contrary to the teachings of the previous Satmar Rebbes. The rebbe continued, explaining the importance of clinging to the ways of the previous Satmar Rebbes ZY”A, concluding “those who get it get it and those who do not understand, never will”.
According to the rebbe’s itinerary, he is not going to be in Yerushalayim during his stay in Eretz Yisrael. Chadrei Chareidim reports a meeting with the Belzer Rebbe Shlita will most likely take place in an undisclosed location in the center of the country and it will be a closed meeting.
The rebbe will be in Eretz Yisrael until Wednesday, 29 Shevat.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)