While Maran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita has not come out saying bein hazmanim should be canceled, the gadol hador is quoted saying that tiyulim or hanging around on streets is a Chilul Hashem.
The rav during recent days addressed the perilous situation in Eretz Yisrael, stating we are in need of Rachmei Shomayim, “מען דארף האבבין גרויסע רחמים”. It is reported at one point he broke down and began crying over concern for the IDF soldiers who are in perilous danger.
When asked about bein hazmanim the rav did not state definitively but it is quite clear from his words this is not a time for taking trips or interrupting one’s limud. He spoke of the aveira of bitul Torah and the need for continued limud at this time.
When the rav was briefed on the situation in southern Israel and the major Rosh Hashanah attack that was averted her responded, “והיא שעמדה, שבכל דור ודור עומדים עלינו לכלותינו, והקב”ה מצילנו מידם”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)