Rav Shmuel Eliyahu: Who’s to Say the Shin Bet Did Not Stage the Wedding Incident


eliyahRabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita spoke with Galei Yisrael Radio regarding the infamous wedding during which misamchim danced while waving guns and praising the Duma arson.

The rav explained that the matter of this wedding has been taken way out of proportion and this is the reality. He adds “It is not out of the realm of possibility this was staged by the ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet). I have been at hundreds and hundreds of weddings and I never, absolutely never saw anything like this”.

The rabbi referenced Avishai Raviv, the infamous ISA agent provocateur that operated prior to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, who the rabbi pointed out went by the name Eyal, entrapping many individuals. After the assassination his identity and double role became known.

Needless to say the rav did not hesitate the condemn the arson attack in the strongest words, stating “It is clear such an attack is detestable and prohibited”.

He adds that it is absurd the entire country is speaking of the murders of three people in Duma as compared to those literally being slaughtered day in and day out in Jerusalem and around the country. “They are dealing with the victims and the victims are now [viewed as the] murderers.

When asked about the Hilltop Youths, Rav Eliyahu said “I am very close to them and to blame them is absurd. They have nothing to do with it. To seek to blame them is simply absurd”.

He added the overwhelming number of these youths are building, involving in building homes and Eretz Yisrael as well as their families and such an act is very far from who they are.

The controversial wedding video:

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Check it out with the chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba and Chevron. Lets hear what his opinion is on these matters.

    Anyone remember Meir Kahane? Ask those youth what they think of him… See if you find a connection.

    Why id is it that YWN keeps reporting that this is the biggest Chilul Hashem (which I don’t disagree with), yet on every single post, and there are many of them, they keep showing the video that is the Chilul Hashem?
    Why do you feel compelled to keep spreading this, YWN?

  3. This wedding video is the biggest chilul HASHEM ever….. Cmon now!?!

    I would believe & value the words of Rav Eliyahu who worked & associated with hilltop youth before anyone else!

  4. Why does Eliyahu want to make believe this was “staged” when everyone else had denounced this disgusting act? Does he have some followers who were caught on camera?

  5. #2
    The wedding was indeed a chillul hashem but the claim may also be true. Unfortunately and fortunately the shin bet need to use very cunning methods to get things moving and find culprits….. in this case; it had become very controversial and some shin bet members are proven to have been at the wedding and did nothing to stop it… theres reason to believe its true.