Netanyahu: Halachic State? ‘Pure And Utter Nonsense’

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly criticized Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich for his remarks on halacha in the state of Israel to US Congressmen.

During a speech in Jerusalem earlier this week, Smotrich had said that “we all want the State of Israel to follow the law of the Torah, we just can’t because there are people who think differently and we need to get along with them.”

Channel 12 presented footage from the prime minister’s remarks to 40 congressmen, all from the Democratic party, during which he said: “A member of our coalition, not from the Likud but from another party, has said that he would like Israel to be a halachic state. Well, that is pure and utter nonsense.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.

{Matzav.com}

11 COMMENTS

  1. Bibi, how do you expect to have siyatta Dishmaya, get Heavenly assistance, if you have G-d and His Torah?

  2. AN HALACHIC STATE WOULD HAVE DEFINED A JEW FOR PURPOSES OF THE LAW OF RETURN AS SOMEONE BORN OF A JEWISH MOTHER, AND THEIR WOULDN’T BE 300,000 KOSSACKS IN ISRAEL TODAY, ALL VOTING FOR LAPID AND LIEBERMAN.

  3. Bibi open astute dry boat. He scrubs the dream but buries the drive.

    Where is his Torah? Who is he kidding? A gentile sees a jew in charge. Israel offers a crass dynasty dud.

    No Torah= no infant wiser. Dumb it Bibi. The gay queer world loves facing turn over judaism.

  4. Truthfully speaking he is right. The frum population is Eretz Yisroel is no more in the position to force secular Israelis to keep Torah and Mitzvahs in the public sphere then the frum population in America is.

    And efforts to do so carry an enormous risk. Once you believe that in principle one group has the right to dictate the actions of another group how can you fault secular Israelis who are tinokos shnisba from trying doing the same thing?

    My first disillusionment from Kanios started when I was busy bashing “Zionists” and the tension between frum and secular Jews in Israel that exists in Israel but not in the US (back then)

    The person I was sounding off to responded that in America frum yidden don’t try dictating the behavior of secular Jews and even Satmar (1) doesn’t harass secular American Jews who are eg driving on Shabbos (2) keeps a cordial relationship with secular Jewish politicians who are far more atheistic and anti religion and religious values in the public sphere than some of the Israeli politician they fight against

    • If you read the link, he used a much stronger word than “nonsense”. He could simply have said that the state of Israel is a democracy and at this time the majority of citizens do not support a halachic state.

    • so a pride parade is not a group “dictating” THEIR sick values on us? the Zionists are not believers in freedom of religion they are believers in freedom FROM religion and they forced generations of frum Jews to become atheists.

      • What do pride parades have to do with Zionism?
        In America, that crowd is treated as if they are sacred. By people who are very anti-Zionist.

        Do you truly believe the Zionist movement forced more people to go astray than say Conservative Judaism? Do you truly believe it’s intrinsic principles are more anti-Torah than say the Conservative Judaism?

        Which of those two groups are you more obsessed with hating? When was the last time you protested when some anti-Torah secular Jewish gathering in America took place?

        Or are you clueless about those things because it isn’t as popular as much fun to fight as “the Zionists” are?

  5. That’s why I don’t live in Israel. Without leaders who follow the Torah, how is Israel any different than Uganda? Why would I want to live in Uganda just because they have a Yeshiva there? Might as well ive in Kuala Lumpur.

  6. That is so lame!. Netanyahu should have promised that there definitely WILL be a halachic stare……..after the coming of Moshiach. Nobody could argue with that. Those who are horrified by the concept of a Halachic state don’t believe in Moshiach in the first place, so what’s to be concerned about?

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