Former Shas leader R’ Aryeh Deri in a Thursday radio interview addressed the recent anti-chareidi wave in Israel, seeking to give his advice on dealing with the alarming reality.
He begins with addressing the reality, that the anti-chareidi community is using high caliber people to launch its attacks, personalities like Tel Aviv Mayor Huldai and radio host Gazit. Deri feels that it is not sufficient to shout “anti-Semitism” at the attacks, but the community must respond positively, by generating its own positive public relations. This he feels can best be accomplished by enlisting professionals, an NGO staffed with experts in the field to counter the attacks by presenting the good that exists in the chareidi community.
Secondly, he feels that the community must openly and publicly expel the radicals, to announce the minority radical element in no way represents the chareidi community at large.
When asked if the secular community has anything to fear, Deri responded that when the frum are the majority, “we will be more democratic towards them than they have been to us”.
He did not in any way express an understanding tone for the unprovoked attacks against chareidim in recent weeks, but feels our response can and will be significantly more effective.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)