Haredi Leader Condemns Zionist Orthodox Jews, Politician As “Infidels” and “Amalek”
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
At a gathering marking the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of the previous Satmar Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum held last Saturday night in the Satmar study hall in Jerusalem, the chief rabbi of the Mea-Shearim-based haredi umbrella organization Edah Haredit Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch attacked Naftali Bennett, head of the Zionist Orthodox HaBayit HaYehudi political party, and Zionist Orthodoxy in general, Behadrei Haredim reported.
Sternbuch explicitly refused to mention Bennett's name because it is, in his words, unholy and evil.
“In holy sites one do not mention such names, but someone with a knitted kippa rose up and connected to the wicked ruffians, and decided to wage war. Not with us, only with Hashem [God],” Sternbuch reportedly said.
Sternbuch went on to attack all Zionist Orthodox Jews.
"For years we knew the Mizrahi [i.e., the Zionist Orthodox movement, which was at one time known as Mizrahi] are haters of religion, but always showed their faces as if they love religion and they themselves are religious and come to speak in shuls, today they revealed their true faces since they connected to the haters of religion," the chief rabbi of Edah Haredit said.
"The Zionists and infidels are the Amalek [the biblical arch enemy of the Jewish people Jews are commanded to destroy] in this generation who want to destroy religion. The Satmar Rebbe, may the memory of a righteous saint be for a blessing, was from the beginning against the Zionists and infidels and said not to associate with them, the fact they have a kippa on their head, is a shmatelke [a combination of the Yiddish words “shmatta,” which means “rag,” and “yarmulke,” which means “kippa,” “skullcap”] – nothing else."
Sternbuch is upset because Israel’s new government intends to enforce the law and draft all haredim into military or civilian national service, something almost every haredi leader opposes.
For decades, haredim have been allowed to evade the draft as long as they were full time yeshiva students. Tens of thousands of haredim took that route rather than serve because their rabbis ordered them to do so.