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Tzfat rabbi: Bennett, Shaked, Feiglin should be brought under United Right leadership. 'We are, in the end, a national religious community.’
The Rabbi of the city of Tzfat, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, emphasized to Arutz Sheva that he stands with the United Right, Rabbi Rafi Peretz and Bezalel Smotrich, on the way to forming a union of right-wing parties.
"There is no doubt that Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett made a mistake, and those who went with Feiglin were also a loss, because most of them came from the same Beit Midrash," says Rabbi Eliyahu.
Rabbi Eliyahu, whose son Amichai Eliyahu was number 10 on the United Right list in the previous elections, added that "There is room for everyone - Bennett, Shaked and Feiglin, but this time it should be led by Bezalel and Rabbi Rafi Peretz because we are, at the end of the day, a national religious community and not traditional or secular."
"Bennett and Shaked made a big mistake, as did Feiglin. The heart must be opened, to know how to forgive and make amends," said Rabbi Eliyahu.
Referring to MK Smotrich's remarks at the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva, which caused a public outcry after he said he hoped for the application of Torah law, Rabbi Eliyahu said,
"Anyone who does not really mean these things in prayer has a problem. It is clear that what Bezalel said was true and correct, and we are strengthening his hand. Only someone who does not blink can be a leader.”
Afterthought: Did Rabbi Eliyahu just endorse Rabbi Bezalel Smotrich?