The chairman of the Knesset’s Religious Services Committee MK Yulia Malinovsky (Yisrael Beiteinu) made an unprecedented attack on the Rabbanut and others who opposed the kashrus reforms advanced by Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana, which were passed in the committee on Wednesday.
“The Rabbanut is yelling ‘gevalt’ because they took away the ‘cheese’ from them,” she said in an interview with Radio Tzafon 104.5FM. “They’re not used to the state dealing with them. We’re daring to do it, we’ll do it and we’ll go far. I’m not scared of it.”
“All these things we’re hearing from interested parties is because they have a ‘mountain of money’ and they don’t like anyone entering into their area. So we’ll enter – right into their faces.”
Malinovsky also attacked the members of the Likud party, saying that “they act like they’re addicted to drugs. They need to go to rehab.”
Malinovsky’s statement about the Rabbanut was slammed by other MKs. Likud MK Dudi Amsalem said: “You’re a busha, Look how you talk. You who want to destroy all the Jewish foundations. You’re full of hatred for Judaism and everything that represents Jewish values. I suggest you speak in respectful langue. I don’t remember such a thing in the Knesset.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)
She does have a point regarding the vested financial interests of various constituencies but her stupid and childish rhetoric is totally counter-productive towards any effort to achieve needed reforms in how the Rabbanut administers hashgacha.
She’s a modern zionist being honest. she’s saying out loud what has been obvious since zionism started. The State of Israel is a movement whose primary goal is to remove the Torah, ch”v. from yidden.
Actually the big winner will be the Chareidim. Once political interference undermines the government rabbanut’s standards of kashrut in the eyes of Shomer Kashrus Israelis, they will prefer non-state, i.e., Chareidi kashrus. The zionist state rabbanut has always had, perhaps as its major assignment, to keep the Shomer MItsvos communities “in line” out of fear they would migrate towards the hareidim. If the government undermines the state rabbanut, the result could be a new anti-state (remember the state is no longer pretending to acomodate frumkeit) hareidi coalition that would threated the secular zionists control of Eretz Yisrael. I suspect a more likely outcome in the next election is that Likud will stage a comeback, and the Bennett led “right wing” parties that prioritize being anti-hareidi over their nationalist agenda will disintegrate.