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Wednesday, June 01, 2022 

UTJ guru takes victim-blaming position

The spiritual leader of one of the factions comprising the UTJ party opposed the flag march for Jerusalem Day:
Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, the spiritual leader of Ashkenazi Ultra-Orthodox (haredi) party Degel HaTorah, warned against Israel's Jerusalem Day flag march which took place in the capital on Sunday, Israeli media reports.

Thousands of Jerusalem residents and Israelis across the country marched in Israel's capital, passing through Damascus Gate and the Muslim quarter to reach the Western Wall, the march's ending point.

In a meeting between Edelstein and MKs from Degel HaTorah, who serve in the Knesset with Agudat Yisrael under the United Torah Judaism (UTJ) faction, the 99-year-old rabbi reportedly questioned why a "needless and dangerous" march should take place.
Did this man ever ask why an unsafely organized event at Mount Meron last year had to take place if there were no proper security measures in place? And why must only Haredi outfits be in charge of these sites?
Edelstein, who is also the rosh yeshiva of Ponevezh, one of the leading Lithuanian yeshivas in Bnei Brak, also reportedly asked the MKs if anything could be done to stop Jews from entering Temple Mount, an act viewed by the rabbi as a "provocation."

Ultra-Orthodox belief states Jewish prayer on Temple Mount is forbidden, with UTJ head MK Moshe Gafni once stating that those who ascend to Temple Mount are "instigating war."
This is nothing more than excusing Islam's jihadist mindset, and I get the sad feeling these outmoded Haredi politicians have no interest in weaning anybody off of the Religion of Peace. They clearly don't have any concern over ideologues who'd resort to senseless violence, and that's exactly what's gone wrong with the world these days. The "rabbi" Edelstein should be ashamed of himself. People like him have done only so much damage to the country's security and vigilance, refuse to serve in the Israeli army, and because of that, they have no place in politics. As this whole case proves, they have no true love for Jerusalem either.

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