Journalist Nahum Barnea of Yediot Aharonot reported that Yesh Atid’s chairman, MK Yair Lapid, called one of the leaders of Chabad-Lubavitch in Israel to speak with him about the upcoming elections.
According to him, the integration between the more haredi-like Religious Zionists and the right-wing nationalists is something which the Chabad community sees as fitting.
In 1996, they funded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign, which took, “Netanyahu is good for Jews” as its slogan.
The next step, Barnea said, is, “Ben Gvir is good for Jews.”
Itamar Ben-Gvir is the leader of the Otzma Yehudit party, which is currently running in a joint list with MK Bezalel Smotrich’s Religious Zionism party.
According to Barnea, in a phone call earlier this week, Lapid told the Chabad leader he spoke to: “If you support Smotrich and Ben Gvir’s party, I will persecute you.”
“It will be the end of Hanukkah menorahs on every corner during Hanukkah, and Chabad houses around the entire world. It will be the end of your story on loving every Jew.”
Header: Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters – 770 Eastern Parkway, New York
Source: Arutz Sheva
Yair Lapid responded to the Yediot Aharonot report that claimed he threatened to persecute Chabad Lubavitch if they vote for the Religious Zionism party in the upcoming elections.
“I want to clarify something,” Lapid said. “I am not persecuting, nor will I persecute, anyone – and certainly not my good friends from the Chabad movement.”
“The movement has many great merits, and cares only about love of the Jewish people and the a love of the Land.”
He added: “At the same time, I express deep concern over the fact that Itamar Ben Gvir and the followers of the murderer Baruch Goldstein will enter the Knesset.”
“I will continue to fight in every way, so that no one will lend a hand to racism, incitement, and additional divisions among the people, and will not support the ‘Kahanists’ who threaten the unity of the Jewish people.”
Source: Arutz Sheva