Perhaps one should not be surprised that remarks made to a rabbinical kinos on Monday espousing the advantages that would be evident if Torah Law was implemented in Eretz Yisrael, and adding halacha provides all the answers that we seek to our current day problems, have led to calls for the dismissal of Justice Minister Prof. Yaakov Neeman.
Neeman is an outside appointment, unaffiliated with any political party, but now, after he dared to call to replace secular law with Torah values, he has become a target of the pro-secular community, those who have toiled for decades to remove Jewish values from the modern Jewish State, to turn Eretz Yisrael into a secular state with the national spoken language being Hebrew.
Ynet quotes “senior sources in the legal system” who are reportedly calling on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to fire Neeman immediately. It appears the anonymously quoted senior individuals are unable to tolerate such a brazen outward display of Jewish identity, such an affront to the civil leanings of the nation’s judiciary system, the High Court of Justice, the bastion of ultra-liberal ultra-secular rulings, constantly and repeatedly undermining Torah and Jewish values.
Prof. Amnon Rubinstein, a retired cabinet minister and well-respected member of the nation’s legal system, not to mention a former minister of education, explained in media interviews that a shift to Torah Law would “rob the nation of its character as a Jewish democratic nation”.
In a showing of true statesmanship and tolerance, Rubinstein stated the minister does not necessarily have to be fired, and he even does not “blame him for being a religious person”, but he does point a finger of blame at the political parties, for their “betrayal of their constituents”.
Dr. Yossi Beilin, a former Labor Party minister and head of the radical left-wing Meretz Party called for immediately ousting Neeman from his post in response to his unacceptable remarks. He added that “a justice minister promoting Torah Law and theocracy are not suited to hold a senior cabinet post”.
The hysteria ranges from calls for the senior minister’s dismissal, to demands for a public apology. One exception, quoted by Ynet, is Dr. Aviad HaCohen, Dean of the Shaarei Mishpat Academic College and specialist on Jewish Law, praised Neeman’s words, explaining one cannot disassociate the words of the prophets from our value system or expression of a Jewish State.
Sadly, as of the time of this article, MKs, ministers and deputy ministers from the chareidi and dati leumi parties have not come out in support of Neeman’s statements, preferring to let him come under fire without coming to his side and placing themselves in the line of secular fire.
In a statement released by the Justice Ministry, Neeman explains his remarks dwelled on shabbos and other elements of a Jewish life and in no way intended to call for replacing existing state law with Torah Law, not directly or indirectly.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)