Haredi political leaders across the board called a court ruling for new elections in Beit Shemesh” corrupt,” “racist” and a sign of “dictatorship,” among other less than complimentary adjectives.

The court accepted a petition by Attorney General Yehudah Weinstein that documented corruption in the voting October 22 as ground for voiding the election results, which gave  incumbent Shas Mayor Moshe Abutbul a 956-vote victory over Jewish Home challenger Eli Cohen.

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The real corruption is the court decision itself, according to Haredi Knesset Member Menachem Eliezer Moses of the United Torah Judaism party.

Not only was it corrupt to invalidate a proven corrupt election, it also was “racist,” he said. Any time a court rules against Haredim, it is “racist.” If it rules in favor of Haredim, it is proof of God’s will.

Shas Party chairman Aryeh Deri was much more polite and limited his disgust at the decision by stating that the judges surrendered to a “media campaign” to cancel a democratic decision. Perhaps he thinks corruption is democratic.

The booby prize for idiotic reactions goes to United Torah Judaism Knesset Member Yisrael Eichler, who stated that the decision “proves there is no difference between dictatorships in the Egyptian and Israeli judiciaries.”

He suggested that Israel’s secular court might declare Haredim illegal, just like the Egyptian courts ruled against Muslim Brotherhood, which now is an official terrorist organization.

He opened his mouth too wide by lumping  the Brotherhood, the mother of Hamas, with Haredim.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Extremism in any religion is contrary to the world we live in today. Israel has far bigger problems than overly religious Jews to worry about. The Israeli forces will protect Israel which includes healthy men from the Heredi between 18 and 35. Fighting for the freedom and rights for Israel is reality. The Torah ad Talmud have their place but that place is not in governance of Israel. Do Israeli's wish to become a religious political nation like IRAN?

  2. Extremism in any religion is contrary to the world we live in today. Israel has far bigger problems than overly religious Jews to worry about. The Israeli forces will protect Israel which includes healthy men from the Heredi between 18 and 35. Fighting for the freedom and rights for Israel is reality. The Torah ad Talmud have their place but that place is not in governance of Israel. Do Israeli's wish to become a religious political nation like IRAN?

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