Sholom DovBer Wolpo called for civil war over settlement evacuation and teamed up with followers of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane in a Knesset run. Now the notorious rabbi – perhaps the most popular rabbi on the Chabad street in Israel today – has endorsed the right wing Zionist Orthodox HaBayit HaYehudi political party in Tuesday's elections.
Yeshiva World reports:
Rabbi Sholom Dov Wolpe, who heads the Rabbanei Eretz Yisrael organization, released the organization’s opinion regarding the upcoming election. In the previous general election, Rav Wolpe, a Chabad rav, was on the same list with Baruch Marzel, but Marzel broke away and today holds the third slot on the Otzma Yisrael list.
Rav Wolpe bases his opinion on the teachings of the late Rebbe ZT”L from 35 years ago. He explains that the Ichud HaLeumi and Bayit HaYehudi parties have merged, and he is marveled that it appears instead of three seats, the combined party will have a significant Knesset representation.
Rabbi Wolpe continues to explain the breakdown of the different factions comprising the united list, the sub-factions, adding “the rebbe instructed us to vote for a party that unites”, adding “It is a Kiddush Hashem that a party which stands for Shleimus Haaretz will receive so many seats”.
Wolpe adds that Naftali Bennett gave the rabbonim in his organization personal assurances that the party will not remain in any government that hands over any areas of Eretz Yisrael chas v’sholom. Rabbi Wolpe labels Bennett ‘one who is fighting for Eretz Yisrael Shleima”.
Wolpo has smicha from Chabad and is a Chabad hasid whose books are published and/or distributed by Chabad publishing houses. But he holds no official position in Chabad.