MK Rav Moses: The Government Must Recognize Israel as the Jewish State


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mosesMK (Yahadut Hatorah) Rav Menachem Eliezer Moses responded to efforts by Tel Aviv City Hall to permit stores to operate on Shabbos and Yomtov, explaining the policies of the national government radiate a certain air to the local government, which is following suit.

“The government which has declared war against religion has laid the groundwork for such disparaging decisions, which we have not seen since the establishment of the state”.

Moses added that during this difficult time period he reflects back to the day when governments respected religion and our tradition. “I have a letter written by Ben-Gurion to Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Levin in which he emphasizes the Jewish state rests on three pillars; the prevention of public transportation on Shabbos, preserving Jewish family traditions in line with our heritage and maintaining kashrus in the IDF and government institutions”.

“It is amazing to see the gap between the leaders then and now as they knew the value of religion and the Torah while the leaders of today lead a morally deteriorating state and distance us from the definition of the Jewish state. While Prime Minister Netanyahu today calls on President Obama to compel the Palestinians to recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish People, he must act that his government recognize Israel as a Jewish state”.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Great line. I think this should become our motto. I t will go, since Netanyahu doesn’t stop saying the same words… but if you are a Jewish state then A Yeshiva should be at least as recognized as the Universities. etc. etc.

  2. If Obama says Abbas doesn’t need to recognize Israel as a jewish state, then Netanyahu will follow along, and will also not recognize Israel as a jewish state.

  3. A jewish state is a joke, jewish does not go by name, if you don’t look jewish you have a chance of being called a goy by all goyim, they don’t understand your fake identity, just be jewish act jewish and the name is nothing,

  4. But the whole idea of zionism from the very beginning was to create a state that wasn’t based on Torah. Their goal is be an “Am hofshi” from the yoke of Torah. Asking the zionists to recognize Israel as a Jewish state (in any sense of the word “Jewish” that we could recongize) would be like asking Americans to agree to a monarchy rules by a landed aristocracy. It goes against the whole culture.