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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

'The Haredim will thank Bennett one day'

There's a lot of acrimony in the Haredi handouts (the free newspapers) in the last couple of days about being in the opposition as the reality of that almost certainly happening sinks in. There's talk about exposing 'where all the money really goes,' comparing budgets in Haredi yeshivoth to those in the national religious yeshivoth, and calls for the Haredi parties and their followers to turn to the Left on security matters (which has prompted the Yesha Council to issue a statement that the Haredim should be in the government).

This is a very different viewpoint.

The article is in Hebrew on a Haredi website (yes, there are a few even in Israel), and it's written by Haredi journalist and Gerrer Hassid Aharon Granot, who lives in Kiryat Arba (near Hebron in Judea). For those who don't read Hebrew, I'll translate the last couple of paragraphs. 

I read what you wrote about your transfer to the Left and I laughed. By the way, why take revenge against the hated 'Mizrochnikim' [supporters of the National Religious Party. CiJ] regarding the mitzva [positive commandment. CiJ] to settle the land of Israel. I suggest that you take revenge by violating the Sabbath, it's much cooler. If only because of this or that anger at the srugim [those who wear knitted skullcaps. CiJ], which derives from lack of knowledge of the facts and superfluous hysteria you've decided to 'cut' to the Leftist camp, stay there, because the dirt of the Left will be pleasant to you. We will manage without you. By the way, you can be a member of the Meretz party, which will certainly guard the Torah world and will ensure that our friends will continue to devote their lives to Torah in the study halls. I heard the rabbi Zehava Galon, may she live a long life, saying this explicitly. If you're interested, I have enough Arab friends in the Balad party who will accept you with love. You are a talented journalist. The Occupation magazine is looking for reporters - believe me, I get it by mail. Have you, to prove your newfound Leftism, placed a picture of yourself in the demonstrations at Bil'in? Even without 'cutting' to the Left, I have thousands of these and not only in Bil'in but also in other places to which no Leftist has ever gone. [/sarc CiJ]

In conclusion, yesterday I was at the holy home of our master, the genius Rabbi Dov Leor. I heard something there that I only wish I could tell you. I can only tell you that you will yet kneel to ask forgiveness from Naftali Bennett, who kept his word and protected the Haredi world. And who will pay for this baseless hatred? Only God knows.
For those who can, read the whole thing

I don't know what is going on behind the scenes. I can tell you that one of these locals had an article last week that claimed that boys from Maarava and Yishuv (two high schools that do matriculation exams and whose graduates go on mostly to Haredi yeshivoth) are the first ones being drafted and I know of at least one instance where that is true (someone who has actually received a draft notice - not just a rumor). Are there more? Possibly. Does that contradict what Granot has written? Maybe. But at this point, all we can do is to wait and see.

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5 Comments:

At 4:16 PM, Blogger aryeh_z said...

I do not trust Bennett. From the moment he began his move to take over the latest version of the MAFDAL, I have been suspicious of him. He is just too establishment for my liking. Too much of an insider for me to trust him. I would very much like to know from where the money came to finance his political efforts. Doing what he did is not cheap. Also it requires incredible motivation. So I would also like to know what is driving him?

Aryeh Zelasko
Beit Shemesh

 
At 4:21 PM, Blogger aryeh_z said...

I do not trust Bennett. I have been suspicious of him from the moment he made his move to take over the latest incarnation of the MAFDAL. He is too establishment for me. Too much of an insider for me to trust him. Also, his political activities cost a great deal of money. Where did it come from? Was it all his own? Even more important; to do what he did requires enormous motivation. What is driving him?

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger Red Tulips said...

Hopefully the Arab Israelis and the Haredim will all be drafted and/or require to perform National Service. This is my hope for Israel.

 
At 5:55 PM, Blogger David said...

Bennet is independently wealthy from a high tech startup company that he started. He had no need to go into politics other than an ideological one. He is neither "establishment" nor an "insider" as he was never actively involved in politics previously. As such you have no basis to not trust him - and doing so is "hoshed beksherim".
What people need to understand is that there are a lot of very dishonest media spins produced especially by the Likud (who I voted for by the way) to make the Bayit Yehudi look bad. This is a coalition negotiation ploy and needs to be treated as such.

 
At 5:57 PM, Blogger David said...

Bennet is independently wealthy from a high tech startup company that he started. He had no need to go into politics other than an ideological one. He is neither "establishment" nor an "insider" as he was never actively involved in politics previously. As such you have no basis to not trust him - and doing so is "hoshed beksherim".
What people need to understand is that there are a lot of very dishonest media spins produced especially by the Likud (who I voted for by the way) to make the Bayit Yehudi look bad. This is a coalition negotiation ploy and needs to be treated as such.

 

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