In response to a prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbi who said government ministers are worse than Nazis, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Sunday that his grandfather was murdered in the Holocaust and that his father was nearly killed in a ghetto. had died.
Addressing Rabbi Mir Mazooj of Kis Rahim Yeshiva in Bane Brak, Lapid wrote on Twitter: “My only reply to your comments is that I love all the Jewish people and wish Rabbi Mazooj … Israel For the day of unity and love.”
Lapid’s father, Tommy, was born in Serbia but the family was captured by the Nazis and later deported to the Budapest ghetto. Tommy’s father was executed in a concentration camp, but Tommy and his mother were saved by Swedish businessman Raoul Wallenberg, who famously saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis.
Tommy Lapid eventually moved to Israel where he became a noted journalist, playwright, and government minister.
Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman also responded to Mazuz, tweeting that in his fierce resistance to teaching state-imposed non-Torah studies, “Rabbi Mazuz opposes [instead] To teach the lesson of hate. ,
“I didn’t know that teaching core courses, going to work, and serving in the army was worse than the Nazis,” wrote Lieberman, noting in the Talmud that the Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed because of “unfoundedness.” “Hate among the Jewish people.
The minister was responding to a video aired on Saturday in which Mazooj was seen saying that the government wanted to “throttle Torah students” while giving “as much as possible to the Arabs”.
“We have bad guys. We’re waiting for them to leave this world,” said Mazuz, referring to Lapid and Lieberman’s names as well as “all their friends.”
Lapid heads the Yesh Atid party and Lieberman is the head of Israel Beytenu, both movements that campaign for secular rights in Israel.
“They are traitors to their people, they hate their people. They are worse than the Nazis – the Nazis love their own people; But [the ministers] Hate your people,” said Majuj.
Mazuz is an influential Sephardic rabbi with an ultra-conservative Shas party leadership. He was the spiritual leader of the short-lived Yacht Party of former regime leader Eli Jesse.
Rabbis have been at the center of controversies before.
In 2020, Mazuz drew condemnation when he said the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in Israel was divine vengeance for gay pride parades around the world. In 2016 he attributed the collapse of a Tel Aviv parking garage, in which six people died, to the profanity of Shabbat.
Israeli leaders have warned of growing hatred, division and excitement in society, especially since the formation of the existing coalition of disparate parties from the left, right and centre.
This month a right-wing activist was accused of sending threatening letters containing bullets to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his family.
Lapid has said that he has also received threats, including a message expressing a wish that he would die of cancer and comparing him to the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
In January a man was accused of threatening Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana over his plans to reform the state and issues of religion, the assassinated prime minister to undermine ultra-Orthodox hegemony on various issues. Minister Yitzhak will suffer the same fate as Rabin.
The formation of a unity government last year threw ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, parties United Torah Judaism and Shas out of power for the first time in years. The parties have since attacked the secularists Lieberman and Lapid, accusing them of acting out of hatred for their constituents.
The ministers say they have no animosity towards the ultra-Orthodox population, but want to end the various social benefits that privilege the Haredim over other groups.
As the coalition’s future hangs in the balance, Channel 12 reported last week that Lieberman was planning a wave of new economic cuts and measures that would hit the ultra-Orthodox community.
The report claims that Lieberman wants to push for three new measures: cutting the budget allocated for the Yeshiva study by a third – from NIS 1.2 billion ($360 million) to NIS 800 million ($240 million); private green school system funding at 75% as opposed to 100%; and allocation of benefits such as daycare subsidy, rental assistance and arnona (wealth tax) exempts only those who earn a certain level of income – deducting those studying full-time.
Worth noting is the alleged attempt to interfere with daycare subsidies, an issue explicitly sought by Yamina MK Neer Orbach. stay untouched As part of an ultimatum to remain in the shattered alliance.
Initially, Lieberman put forward a plan whereby, starting in 2023, subsidies for childcare would be given only if parents worked at least 24 hours a week. The move would have effectively ended subsidies for some 21,000 children, many of them from ultra-Orthodox families, with fathers attending Yeshiva.
But after pressure from Orbach last month, Liberman agree with Push the cut to 2024.