Several prominent rabbis identified with the Religious Zionist movement urged HaBayit HaYehudi to ensure that chareidi parties are included in the government now being formed. Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, one of the most important Religious Zionist rabbis in Samaria, and Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of Tzefas and son of former Chief Rabbi Rav Mordechai Eliyahu zt”l, recommended strongly in a letter to Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett that he negotiate with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to include Shas and United Torah Jewry in the government.
The two rabbis are considered among the top rabbinical supporters of Bayit Yehudi, and in recent days have been working behind the scenes to convince Bennett not to enter the government without the inclusion of the chareidi parties. On Monday, the two went public with a letter to Bennett, which they released to several web sites.
The rabbis wrote that they were “worried” that “negotiations for a coalition are taking place in an atmosphere of complete dismissal of chareidi parties. With all the differences in ideologies and stances, we are, after all, Jews who believe in the observance and support of the Torah. We call on you in a clear voice: Include the chareidi parties in the negotiations,” and build a coalition with them, instead of with Yesh Atid, the rabbis wrote.
“We are aware of the harsh statements by members of the chareidi parties,” the rabbis wrote. “But we must ignore these insults, and not repay them their for their actions in kind. We must be cognizant of the honor of Torah, and the honor of the Land of Israel, which will follow. How can we educated our children to love their fellow Jews if their political leaders do not do so themselves?”
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