Rav Aharon of Satmar: IDF Draft Worse Than Annihilation


rav-aharon-teitelbaum-satmarRav Aharon Teitelbaum of Satmar this past week addressed the attempts to draft Israeli yeshiva bochurim into the IDF, calling it “a gezeirah worse than the annihilation of the Jewish people.”
He said that the supporters of the move are “worse than those who murdered us.”

The remarks were made in a drashah delivered the night before Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day at an event in Kiryas Yoel marking the yahrtzeit of his father, the Satmar Rebbe, Rav Moshe Teitelbaum zt”l.

Rav Aharon commented that those focused on drafting yeshiva bochurim actually desire to “cause us to leave religion.”
“A black cloud is hanging these days over our brothers, the people of Eretz Yisroel,” he said. “A malicious government has convened… and is seeking to uproot the Torah.

Yidden here don’t understand the magnitude of this disaster, which applies to every yochid (individual),” he added, saying that it is “a gezeirah worse than the annihilation of the Jewish people.”
“We, in chutz la’aretz, must be prepared for the moment when we will have to rise up with all our might against this terrible gezeirah so that it is not carried out, chas vechalilah.”

During his visit to Eretz Yisroel on the eve of the recent Knesset elections, Rav Aharon’s brother, Rav Zalman Leib Teitelbaum of Satmar, called the State of Israel and Zionists “the generation’s Amaleik,” adding that “the Zionists came from the seed of Amalek. There has never been such a sect that caused so much damage to the Jewish people.”

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}