Religious Zionist Heads: "We've Lost Our Faith in the High
By G. Lazer
The Right is reacting harshly to the High Court decision to
back the government's decision to destroy botei
knesses in the evacuated settlements of Gush Katif.
Religious Zionist leaders announced they have lost their
faith in the High Court as an institution.
The Yesha Council (the Council of Jewish Communities in
Judea, Samaria and Gaza) sent the following statement in
reaction to the High Court decision allowing the destruction
(even though the Government later voted not to destroy them):
"We are shocked by the decision to permit the destruction of
the botei knesses in Gush Katif. It is saddening to
see how time after time the High Court displays great
sensitivity in matters related to non-Jews and sometimes even
enemies of the Jewish people, but their heart is sealed when
it comes to matters that touch the soul of every Jew; they
thereby distance themselves from the past and the most
fundamental Jewish ethics."
NRP Chairman MK Zevulun Orlev said, "No Christian or Muslim
judge in the world would have lent a hand to harming a house
of worship. The High Court has once again proven religious
Zionism has no reason to come to its gates." Orlev declared
that he would turn to the heads of the religious parties and
the religious public of every stream to hold a mass protest
against the ruling. NRP Knesset head Shaul Yahalom said, "The
High Court has harmed the Jewish and religious character of
the State of Israel. The High Court should not have ruled
against the halachic stance on such a clearly religious issue
and should have accepted the halachic stance by ordering the
botei knesses to be left standing."