Rabbis Call For Israeli “Democratic Uprising”

A group of rabbis made up of National Religious hardliners and Chabad has called for a "democratic uprising" in Israel. The Israel Insider reports:

A group of prominent rabbinic leaders in Israel and abroad yesterday
issued a call for Israeli citizens to launch a democratic uprising to
bring down the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert…

"Out of love for each and
every Jew, we call on the people of Israel and its leaders to begin a
democratic uprising to immediately replace this government, which
constitutes an ominous threat to the nation of Israel," the Rabbinical
Congress for Peace, a coalition of over 1,200 rabbinic leaders and
pulpit rabbis, said in a statement.

Former chief rabbis Mordechai Eliyahu and Abraham Shapira were
among the signatories, as well as Rabbi Meir Mazuz, head of Israel’s
Tunisian Jewish community and one of the country’s most well-respected
rabbis.

The rabbinical conference was responding to a national address by
PM Ehud Olmert last week commemorating the death of Israel’s first
prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, in which Olmert stated that he was
willing to give up most of Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank") in
exchange for "real peace" and promised that he would release "many,
many" Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal.

The Rabbinical Congress for Peace called Olmert’s address a "crime."

"In his deplorable speech, Olmert in essence announced a
‘liquidation sale’ and collective suicide of the people in Israel
including the release of thousands of the most dangerous terrorists
from Israeli jails. Israeli citizens must launch a democratic uprising
and protest to bring down the government immediately," the rabbis said.

Their statement continued: "Olmert adheres to the advice of false
left-wing ‘prophets’ instead of adhering to the true prophets as
expressed in the Jewish Code of Law that any territorial concession to
the enemy will only lead to bloodshed. It will not contribute to calm
nor will it promote peace."

 

1. Olmert’s address is not a crime – it is an expression of democracy.

2. The rabbis who signed this deplorable letter oppose democracy unless democracy can be used to further their theocratic aims.

3. The Code of Jewish Law, the Shulkhan Arukh, is written by rabbis, not prophets.

4. Nowhere in the Shulkhan Arukh does it say, "any territorial concession to
the enemy will only lead to bloodshed. It will not contribute to calm
nor will it promote peace."

Regardless of your position on Olmert or his suggested concessions, you should be adamantly opposed to the lies and misrepresentation of these pathetic men who seek only to subvert democracy and usher in theocracy under their control. A strong, tall and broad wall must be immediately erected to separate Synagogue and State. Let the building begin.

[Hat tip: Brooklyn Cowboy.]

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11 responses to “Rabbis Call For Israeli “Democratic Uprising”

  1. Yochanan Lavie

    “Regardless of your position on Olmert or his suggested concessions, you should be adamantly opposed to the lies and misrepresentation of these pathetic men who seek only to subvert democracy and usher in theocracy under their control. A strong, tall and broad wall must be immediately erected to separate Synagogue and State.”

    Although I don’t like Olmert, or his concessions, I agree. As someone who leans Libertarian I am politically a hawk, but pro-democracy and anti-theocracy. Religion is best served in the private sector.

  2. Abraham

    1. Olmert was not elected.
    2. Rabinics is a democracy, as each community elects its rabbis. In that same Sulchan Oruch that you never read.
    3. Please go and research where the statement in Sulchan Oruch comes from. Oh, sorry liberals don’t need to research.
    4. Are you sure?

  3. Ma Rabbi

    I have been waiting a long time for the Rabbis to come out against Olmert.He is the one who ordered the police to break the heads of Jewish kids Ammona. Olmert tied the hands of the IDF generals in Lebanon and micro-managed the war to its humiliating end. Olmert and his cabinet forbid the IDF from responding to Kassam rocket attacks from Gaza. Now he wants to give the West Bank to Arabs further endangering the Jews of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv.Olmert must be forced out of office before he destroys Israel.

  4. avrohom

    scotty,

    guve up your false messiahs already. your democaratic idols brought 1,000’s deaths and so many more injured…but you could not care less….all you care is if the Torah has anything to say about matters that you thing your stupid filthy idols are the “sayers” on the matter….i have got news to tell you: just like you go on your rampage at the molesters (and btw…you should cotniue to report and to alert anything about this nature that is reported as the true) so too is any responsible person entilted and obligated to ALERT FOR THE CRIMES AGAINST THE JEWISH PEOPLE THAT YOU IDOLS HAVE PERPETRATED FOR THE PAST DECADES AS A SACRIFICE TO YOUR DEMOCRACTIC IDOLATRY…it’s time for everyone to speak out against any talk of concessions of terroritory as all they bring is blood shed and loss of deterrence and security to the jews….and the h… with your liberal values if they stand on the way of the security of one jew!

  5. Better to live in a secure theocracy than an unstable and insecure democracy. I’d rather live in a secure state than be subject to daily kassam rocket attacks.

  6. Jerome Soller

    Shmarya,
    I disagree with you here, although I respect some of your other positions on issues such as sexual abuse.

    You said, “Olmert’s address is not a crime – it is an expression of democracy.” I didn’t see the rabbis calling it a crime. Olmert demonstrates missplaced priorities, arrogance, and poor judgment. Crime or no crime, I believe that Olmert and his cabinet are the greatest enemy of Israel. I believe that he is too proud to look to Hashem, as well as too proud to seek the advise of competent personnel (political hacks and not experts for defense and foreign relations).

    You said, “The rabbis who signed this deplorable letter oppose democracy unless democracy can be used to further their theocratic aims.” I am glad that someone in Israel is encouraging people to protest the current corrupt and incompetent government. As a Jew, I have Evangelical Christian and Mormon friends ask me, “How can Israel and the Jewish people support incompetent leadership that tries to avoid conflict now and puts Israel’s future at risk?” The recommendations of these rabbis reflect true democracy, empowering people to make a difference in their government. When their “government” is trying to appease terrorists by making concessions that most Israelis and American Jews strongly oppose, the people should take to the streets. When their government has an approval rating below 20%, they should take to the streets. When their government puts the future of Israel at risk, how can you blame them?

    Regardless of one’s position on territorial issues, it is clear to any impartial observer that the withdrawals from Gaza and Lebanon did not make Israel safer or bring it closer to peace. Even if one supported such gestures, now is not the time, as these gestures are viewed as signs of weakness by Palestinians planning the Third Antifada. There are several interviews of Palestinian terrorist leaders (e.g., Islamic Jihad leaders) that support my statement.

    Jerome

  7. The Rabbinical Congress for Peace called Olmert’s address a “crime.”

  8. Anonymous

    I say take this buffoon out and why not send Scotty to live in Sderot since he thinks Ollie has done such a good job reducing rockets from 7 a day to one a day.

  9. Ahavah bat Sarah

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend (for the time being). There’s no need to fear a theocracy of the Rabbinate – after all, we can always have a tax revolt or a military coup later.

  10. Hman

    Shamarya,

    I agree that there should be a clear distinction between the words of the prophets and that which is laid down in the shulkhan arukh. Good point.

    However, my opinion is that almost everyone utilizes democracy as the paradigm until it somehow gets in their way. The left, and the right, both banned Meir Kahane from the kenneset on the grounds of ‘protecting’ democracy, while protecting the rights of arabs who openly express anti-democratic diatribes within the kenneset.

    Also, isn’t the ‘depolorable opinion’ of the Rabbis their democratic right to express such an opinion?

  11. I assume a ‘democratic uprising’ means to vote against his party at the next election, and to urge the opposition parties to force an election as soon as possible. What’s the problem with that?

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