Rosh Yeshivat Porat Yosef HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen Shlita, who on motzei Shabbos labeled the dati leumi community Amalek, clarified his words.
A statement was released by the rav on Sunday afternoon 7 Menachem Av 5773 explaining his harsh words were uttered in pain, during a shiur, “words that were intended against the leaders of the Bayit Yehudi party along with their supporters who are waging a war against the Torah and yeshivos”.
Srugim reports on the rav’s clarification, quoting him as saying;
“חלילה מלטעון כלפי עמך בית ישראל המסולאים מפז – דברים מעין אלו”
Also responding to the rav’s words was the National Hesder Organization, which stated the rav’s words were an attack against tens and tens of thousands of people, many many talmidei chachamim, lomdei Torah, and many who are MeKadesh Shem Shomayim with their lifestyle.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)