Above: Rabbi Moshe Gafni
“We Hate You!” Haredi MK Screams At Zionist Orthodox Lawmaker
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Smotrich, who is himself a controversial figure, is a deputy speaker of the Knesset serving his first term in Knesset.
A spokesman for Gafni later tried to clarify Gafni’s remarks.
“[Rabbi] Gafni then clarified that he certainly does not hate [Zionist Orthodoxy]. On the contrary, there are many Zionist Orthodox who are invaluable. His whole life he has helped religious Zionism and will continue to do so."
In other words, Gafni doesn’t hate all Zionist Orthodox Jews, he just hates Smotrich and other “zealots.”
Smotrich and Gafni have fought for months over the allocation of funds to haredi yeshivas and West Bank Jewish settlements, with Smotrich claiming Gafni is shortchanging the settlements while Gafni claims Smotrich and his fellow HaBayit HaYehudi MKs did worse to haredi yeshivas in the previous government.
Gafni at one point said he'd rather be "a leftist…[in order] to avoid being [connected]" to the actions of HaBayit HaYehudi.