[Click here for video.] 80-year-old Religious Zionist spiritual leader Rabbi Chaim Druckman accused chareidi spokesmen of hypocrisy today over their charges that they are being boycotted by the new governing coalition.
“I am very sorry about the rift,” Rabbi Druckman told Arutz Sheva in an interview. “When I listen – especially to the chareidi radio stations and journalists – they do not increase ahavat Yisrael. I say this as an understatement. It pains me, this entire reality, but unfortunately, when I think about it. Who is boycotting whom this whole time?
“Where are the holy books by the Torah greats in the chareidi yeshivas? Where are they located? In what yeshiva have I seen a book by Rabbi [Avraham Yitzhak Hakohen] Kook? I mean, this is a total boycott, all of the time.”
“Every little politician who is elected into the Knesset immediately receives the title of rabbi, while true rabbis of ours [i.e., from the religious Zionist stream – ed.] who are mentioned in the chareidi press are referred to by their names,” said Rabbi Druckman. “We did not demand to boycott the chareidim.”
The statements were harsh, and can be seen against the backdrop of intense chareidi attacks on Bayit Yehudi for its decision to enter the coalition with anti-chareidi Yesh Atid.
Rabbi Druckman spoke as he entered an evening held in his honor as he reached his 80th birthday. Click here for video.
Source: Arutz Sheva