In regard to the increasing hatred directed towards the chareidi tzibur in Eretz Yisrael, Maran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita is quoted saying
“עליית מפלס השנאה בתקופתנו, הוא גזירה משמים”, אמר, “פעולת השתדלנות וההסברה – מאמצי סרק”
(“The increase in hatred in our time is a gezeira from Shomayim. Lobbying and advocacy on our behalf is futile).
It is explained that this unwanted and difficult phenomenon did not begin today, but it has been increasing during recent years.
The gadol hador continues, instructing us to increase our tefilos and limud Torah, stating this is the only response in a time of gezeira. The rav explains all the explanations will not be successful for a fire is extinguished with water and the ‘water’ required against his gezeira is Torah and tefilos.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)