Secular Minister Sided With Religious Grandson 

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Attorney Uri Tzipori, grandson of former IDF general and Minister of Communications Mordechai (Motke) Tzipori of Likud who recently died at the age of 93, wrote that his grandfather sided with him when he became a baal teshuvah.
“In the process of my becoming religious, my grandfather was the one who explained to my parents and other relatives that if I fell into the hands of the Lubavitcher Rebbe they could be happy and relaxed,” he said. “During the whole process, he encouraged me with surprising stories. I will relate just one small anecdote that made me understand the priorities of his world outlook.
“About six months ago, as part of a magazine interview, I was requested to ask my grandfather a few questions. Among them was the following: ‘Perhaps this question is of the type ‘who do you love more, your father or your mother,’ but when it comes to the crunch, what is of primary importance to you, Judaism or the State?’
“My grandfather, who had dedicated his whole life to the State, answered with extreme simplicity: ‘Clearly, Judaism is important above all. The State is after all a tool to enable Judaism and Jews to survive.’”
Born in Petach Tikvah in 1939, Tzipori started out as a socialist in Ben Gurion’s camp but joined the Jewish underground in 1939 after the first British execution of Shlomo Ben Yosef, of the Irgun group. Tzipori attacked British troops and police stations and was part of a group that plotted an eventually abandoned plan to kidnap British High Commissioner Harold McMichael at the time the White Paper was introduced.
He was exiled by the British to prisoner camps in Sudan, Kenya and Eritrea where he became one of the leading tunnel diggers in an unsuccessful bid to rejoin the Zionist battle. Sixty-six years later, his tunnel was rediscovered on the grounds of a local psychiatric hospital. After his return to Eretz Yisroel in 1948, he discovered that he and other Menachem Begin followers were not popular with Ben Gurion’s crowd.
“They called us Etzelniks and hated us,” he recalled, adding that “Ben Gurion had a pathological hatred towards us.”
In 2015, Tzipori announced that he was ceasing to vote for the Likud due to his dislike for Prime Minister Netanyahu.
“This Bibi is the biggest bluffer in the world,” he told Yediot Achronot. “Perhaps he speaks well, especially in English, but if psychologists and other experts ever analyze all his speeches from the first to the last, it will become clear that everything is just a balloon full of hot air.”
{Matzav.com Israel News}

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  1. “Born in Petach Tikvah in 1939” “died at 93”. The article must have been written in not earlier than 2032, then brought over to 2017 by a time machine. “Joined the Irgun in 1939” – as an infant, and has been fighting the British occupiers through the tender age of 9, as the last British were kicked out in 1948?!

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