After the scandal the statements of the chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzchak Yosef about the immigrants from the former Soviet Union, he stated that the media misrepresented or misunderstood the meaning of his speech.
In a statement sent to the media on his behalf, and which quoted state radio “Kan bet”, States that among those who immigrated under the law “about the grandchildren of the Jews”, the Gentiles are a minority. However, those who brings the Gentiles to Israel for political reasons, dealt with unjustly in the first place, with respect to the returnees. Rabbi Yosef explains: “In the Jewish state, immigrants who are not Jews, faced with alien and unacceptable way of life. Therefore, the law of return needs to be fixes in the first place, for the sake of the returnees”.
In a statement, the chief Rabbi of Israel also said that during his visit to Russia and Ukraine last month, he was criticized by members of the Jewish community for the mass import to Israel the goyim.
The scandal erupted after Tuesday, January 7, Ynet website has published videotitty from the speech of the Sephardic chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef at the meeting of the rabbis traveling to Jewish communities in the Diaspora, which took place in Jerusalem last week.
The publication of Kobi Nahshoni are the words of Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, who sharply criticized the political forces that, according to him, the repatriation to Israel of those who voted for “anti-religious” party.
The chief Rabbi speaks about the “law of return” as a problem. According to him, the law allowed that the Jewish state “has brought hundreds of thousands or tens of thousands of goyim”. “Some of them Communists who hate religion,” said Yitzhak Yosef.
The article cites the words of the chief Rabbi about the fact that a significant portion of the immigrants are Christians attending Church “every Sunday”.
Ynet also quoted criticism of Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef to the address of Rabbi Chaim of Amsalem – the former Deputy of the SHAS party, in 2012, left the party.
Reaction to statements by the chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the statement of the chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said: “an outrageously inappropriate statement. Repatriation from countries of the former USSR is a huge boon for the state of Israel and the Jewish people. Led me to the government will continue to do everything for the repatriation and absorption in Israel our brothers and sisters from countries of the former USSR”.
Foreign Minister Israel Katz (Likud): “I find inappropriate offensive language and unacceptable generalizations to the address of the returnees. As I said earlier, we value the crucial contribution of Russian-speaking immigrants in the realization of the ideals of Zionism, as well as in the strengthening and development of the state of Israel. Largely thanks to you, our state can counter the numerous threats and challenges. You are an integral part of Israeli society. The state must continue to do everything for your comprehensive integration in all spheres of life in our country”.
The press service of the party “Israel Our home” gives the following review of Avigdor Lieberman by the statements of chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef: “Just a few days ago, the chief Rabbi of Israel allowed themselves to make fun of the secular public, advising them to go to Ashdod to eat pork. Today he is engaged in open incitement against our aliyah that works, serves in the army, goes to IDF reserve fees, pays taxes and makes a huge contribution to the economy of the country. The chief Rabbi, who must be a spiritual example for the whole society, allows himself a grave insult to address a substantial part of the Israelis. The words of the chief Rabbi cannot be qualified otherwise than racism and anti-Semitism, and they cannot go unpunished. We demand his immediate discharge Rabbi Yosef from office and will make every effort to ensure that in the near future in his place was elected the representative of the religious Zionists, who will unite people and not divide society. I hope to hear today from the leaders of all political parties and political movements of the country strongly condemned racist statements made by Rabbi Joseph.”
The leader of the block “Kajol Laban” benny Gantz said: “for empty hatred destroyed the Temple. It would be good if Sephardi chief Rabbi as soon as possible apologized. Zionism, from the very beginning, emphasized repatriation to Eretz Israel and the State of Israel as one of the core values. Our military and economic power, between all the other things based on cultural, scientific and social contributions of immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Russian-speaking Israelis, those who were born here and those who immigrated, are equal among equals in Israeli society. It’s the patriots, serving in the IDF. It’s the people who are in key positions in the country. And we will make sure that this trend has only expanded and intensified. The strength of the Jewish people lies in its unity”.
Responded to the words of Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef and one of the leaders of the block “Kajol Laban” Yair Lapid. “Immigrants from the former Soviet Union to protect our lives, working with doctors and nurses. They are the core of our high-tech sector, and their contribution to the Israeli economy and society as a whole cannot be overemphasized. Immigrants and we are brothers and sisters, Aliya is the most important value of Zionism. What happened to Judaism, which was able to make, and did not engage in insults? What happened to the principle of equality and the adoption of non-Halakhic Jews described in the Torah? Rabbi Yosef needs to apologize for his words,” said Lapid.
Knesset Deputy from the block “Kajol Laban” Constantine Razvozov posted the following comment: “Rabbi allows himself to incite against millions of citizens who pay his salary from their taxes. Judaism does not belong only and only to him. Generations of whole families of Jews suffered from anti-Semitism. We lived and learned to protect themselves in the countries of origin. There we were always “the Jews”, and here such. like you, we “goyim””. It’s a shame to see an employee who returns us to the dark ages just because next to him people live not born in Israel. “Dear” Rabbi, you don’t like something? Resign”.
URI Keidar, CEO of the “Free Israel”: “this morning the chief Rabbi Yosef must be dismissed. Anyone who forgot that his job is to work for the benefit of society, not to insult and accuse law-abiding citizens should not receive a salary from the state of Israel. More than a million Israelis who came here from the Soviet Union, does not have to constantly hear in your address racist attacks by the chief Rabbi. The state of Israel he would be one chief Rabbi”.