JERUSALEM, Israel — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s authorities faces a attainable inside revolt after he offended his spiritual allies by making the comment that “God has not at all times protected us in Europe.”
The comment got here within the context of the Israeli authorities making an attempt to discourage Jewish spiritual pilgrims from touring to the city of Uman, in Ukraine, the place the chassidic legend, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, is buried.
Chassidic Jews make the annual pilgrimage to Uman across the time of the Jewish New Yr, Rosh Hashanah, to wish and to take pleasure in revelry — not all of which is of a strictly spiritual type. The pilgrimage can be an financial boon to Ukraine. However the difficulties of wartime journey have made it troublesome for pilgrims to fly on to Ukraine, and the federal government is apprehensive concerning the security of these touring to the area.
The Jerusalem Put up reported:
“God hasn’t at all times shielded us, particularly in Europe,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned on Sunday, regarding God’s safety of the Jewish folks, when he needed to warn of the safety threat of visiting the graves of hassidic rabbis throughout Rosh Hashanah. Netanyahu’s assertion has sparked a major response from spiritual communities in Israel.
The prime minister, addressing these considering a pilgrimage to Uman, Ukraine for Rosh Hashanah, sought to emphasise the potential risks of the journey. “Israeli residents touring to Ukraine should take private accountability. There aren’t any safeguards there,” he said. The controversial a part of his remarks adopted, “Traditionally, God hasn’t at all times shielded us, particularly in Europe and Ukraine.”
Although Ukraine has a Jewish president at the moment, as many as 1.5 million Jews have been murdered there by the Nazis within the Second World Battle, and Ukraine was the setting for a few of the worst pogroms in opposition to Jews in previous centuries.
However Netanyahu’s comment nonetheless triggered outrage within the spiritual neighborhood, because the Occasions of Israel reported:
… Netanyahu’s assertion — an apparent reference to the Holocaust and probably centuries of antisemitism and pogroms — was swiftly met with intense condemnation and repudiation from ultra-Orthodox politicians and different public figures, with some accusing the prime minister of “heresy” and one MK launching a diatribe in opposition to “the idolatry of energy, vulgarity and assimilation of the secular regime.”
The Shas social gathering issued the tamest response, saying: “God has at all times protected the folks of Israel throughout all its exiles and persecutions. That’s the reason the folks of Israel are the one ones who’ve miraculously survived for hundreds of years whereas many different highly effective peoples have disappeared. In fact, the situation for divine safety is faithfulness and retaining the Torah and commandments.”
However probably the most hostile response got here from United Torah Judaism MK Yisrael Eichler, who blasted Netanyahu’s “ignorance” and indicated his perception that it was the “Zionists,” relatively than God, who have been accountable for the struggling of Jews within the Holocaust.
Netanyahu’s coalition controls 64 seats within the 120-seat Knesset, however he depends on the help of non secular events for that majority. The disaster will encourage his liberal opponents to hope that they’ll topple the federal government and pressure new elections — satirically, not due to contentious points like judicial reform, however due to a non secular dispute.
Although he’s typically deferential to spiritual events, Netanyahu himself is thought to take care of a secular life-style.
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