Ministers fired at the rabbi comparing Lapid and Liberman to the Nazis

In response to the famous ultra-Orthodox rabbi who said that government ministers were “worse than the Nazis,” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid recalled on Sunday that his grandfather was killed in the Holocaust and that his father escaped death in a ghetto.

Speaking to Rabbi Meir Mazuz at yeshiva Kisse Rahamim of Bnei Brak, Lapid wrote on Twitter, “My answer is that I love all Jews and I wish Rabbi Mazuz… a day of unity and love for Israel.”

Lapid’s father, Tommy, was born in Serbia, but his family was captured by the Nazis and sent to the Budapest ghetto. Tommy’s father was killed in a concentration camp, but Tommy and his mother were rescued by Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish businessman who saved the lives of thousands of Jews.

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Yosef ‘Tommy’ Lapid in 2003. (Flash90)

Tommy Lapid later moved to Israel, where he became a journalist, playwright and minister.

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman also responded to Mazuz on Twitter, lamenting that, in his relentless opposition to state-imposed secular teachings, “Rabbi Mazuz has chosen to teach hatred.”

“I had no idea that the basic doctrines, occupation and military service were similar to – and even more so – Nazism,” Liberman wrote, recalling the Talmud and its account of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, which was destroyed by a hatred.
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The ministers ’comments followed a video released on Saturday, in which Mazuz claimed the government sought to“ harass Torah scholars ”while it was“ giving Arabs everything they need ”.

“Wicked people are in power. We expect them to leave this world, “Mazuz said, referring to Lapid and Liberman by name as well as” all their friends. “

Lapid leads the Yesh Atid party and Liberman leads Yisrael Beytenu, two movements campaigning for secular rights in Israel.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz arrives for a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, May 1, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz criticized Mazuz’s remarks, saying it was tantamount to denying the Holocaust.

“Jerusalem was taken from us because of vain hatred, and reunited because of our strength and unity,” recalls Gantz, who also referred to the rabbinical teaching that the Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed because of that hatred. divided the Jews. .

“Now more than ever, we need to remember the importance of unconditional love,” Gantz concluded.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, April 8, 2022. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also criticized these comments, in the introduction to the weekly government meeting.

“Even at the height of heated debates, we never compared our brothers to the most despicable oppressors. Our tongue must not spread evil. We are all brothers, ”he said, without mentioning the name of Rabbi Meir Mazuz.

The Prime Minister also mentioned Yom Yerushalayim, which is being celebrated today.

“On this day, we not only celebrate the unity of our capital, but also the unity of our people. On this day, we promised ourselves: Jerusalem will never be divided again, the people of Israel will never be divided again, ”he said.

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