Despite their best effort, the Reform Movement and others trying to imprison Rabbi Yosef Elitzur and Rabbi Yitzchak Shapira, the authors of Toras HaMelech, State Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has closed the case.
Allegations against the rabbonim included the sefer violates Israeli law prohibiting incitement to violence, racism and related issues. The sefer, as explained by the rabbonim, addresses halacha as explained by the Rambam in a hypothetical and academic torah atmosphere, and as the book’s introduction says, was never intended to be a manual for assault against anyone, including Arabs, as alleged by the Israeli left.
Weinstein stated that after reviewing the sefer it is difficult for him to accept contentions that the book was written to incite violence or racism, and it simply explains religious views and must be permitted under the state’s value of freedom of religion. The attorney general also feels that the book in no way calls for violence against any sector of society.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)