Police arrested Rav Yaakov Yosef this morning on his way back home from shul, and questioned him over over his alleged haskamah of sefer Toras Hamelech.
National Union party Chairman Yaakov Katz called on yeshiva students to gather around Rav Yosef’s home, “to express our admiration and estimation for a great rav, while keeping the law.”
“We will win by continuing to grow and wait till we are the majority in the state, then we will legislate the appropriate laws, through which we will investigate anyone who broke the law on behalf of the courts and State Prosecution’s Office clique, who sat on the neck of the Jewish people and committed crimes against it,” his statement continued.
“The Netanyahu government is losing its moral legitimacy by abducting and arresting two Torah giants. This is a crime that the People of Israel won’t be able to forgive.”
Last Tuesday, Rav Yosef, son of Chacham Ovadia Yosef, turned down a police summons calling on him to come to the headquarters of the National Serious and International Crimes Unit in Lod.
MK Michael Ben-Ari said of the detainment, “The police has proved that it is strong enough to arrest rabbis, lovers of Israel, and to humiliate them,” Israel Radio reported.
“When will [police] begin fighting criminals and anarchists,” the National Union MK added.
Clashes between right-wing activists and police erupted on Monday at the entrance to Yerushalayim and near the Supreme Court building following the short detention and questioning that day of Kiryat Arba Chief Rabbi Dov Lior, who also allegedly endorsed the 2009 book.
Toras Hamelech, by the rav of the Yitzhar settlement, RabbiYitzhak Shapira, gives Jews permission to preemptively kill gentiles under certain conditions in wartime.
Government officials, however, were highly critical of the rabbis’ refusal to obey the summons.
“Israel is a law-abiding country. The law binds all, and all are subject to it,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a statement issued on Tuesday. “I call on all the country’s citizens to obey the law.”