Rabbi Aviner: Halacha Bans Arabs from Knesset


harav-shlomo-aviner_aRabbi Shlomo Aviner, a prominent Zionist rabbi, ruled this past week that according to halacha, a non-Jew cannot serve as a Knesset member in the State of Israel, even if the public agrees to it. “This is irrelevant,” said Rabbi Aviner, according to a report in Yediot Achronot. “This is a Jewish state and Jews are the ones leading the Jewish state.” Rabbi Aviner was asked on his weblog whether the election of non-Jews to parliament does not undermine the government’s authority, and “is it even allowed for non-Jews to be part of the Jewish state’s leadership?”

The rabbi replied that this was indeed against a halachic ruling issued by the Rambam, and that although later there were those who sought to allow it “if the nation agrees to it,” Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook ruled this out as an “irrelevant” consideration.

According to Rabbi Aviner, the present situation in Israel was undesirable, but added that since the Arab minority had no real influence on Israel’s affairs, things were not so bad. However, “If they become the deciding factor and create the majority – this is blasphemy.”

Rabbi Aviner concluded: “Still, we are very happy to have our own state, even if some of the Knesset members are not Jewish. This is a million times better than being ruled by the Brits or the Turks.”

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel/Ynet}