web analytics
April 25, 2015 / 6 Iyar, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Israeli Press Protesting VIP Treatment of Major Rabbis

It isn't clear why TheMarker, owned by Haaretz, is so upset with the special treatment awarded these rabbis, other than the fact that, in Israel's secular media market, mentioning a special treatment to religious leaders is like throwing a slab of red meat to a pack of dogs.

It isn't clear why TheMarker, owned by Haaretz, is so upset with the special treatment awarded these rabbis, other than the fact that, in Israel's secular media market, mentioning a special treatment to religious leaders is like throwing a slab of red meat to a pack of dogs.
Photo Credit: Illustration image by Yaakov Naumi/Flash90

TheMarker, the online economic magazine published by Haaretz is annoyed by the fact that some 45 major Israeli rabbinical figures enjoy the VIP treatment at Ben Gurion Airport. This VIP service includes private car access to the plane and customs and border registration in the car.

It isn’t clear why the website is so upset with the special treatment awarded these rabbis, especially since, according to the same article, anyone can pay $260 to a private company and get exactly the same deal, including a ride home.

It must be the rabbi thing. For some reason, it irks this website that the Jewish State gives special honors to religious leaders like the Boyaner Rebbe, the Bostoner Rebbe, the Karliner Rebbe, the great posek Rabbi Aharon Shteinman, Rabbi Abuhatzeira. The list includes 47 names, although one of them, the late Rav Ovadia Yosef, is no longer enjoying these special perks.

It turns out that the list includes the names of a couple of rabbis who are currently in trouble with the law. Of course, none of the Israeli politicians receiving special treatment wherever they turn up have been under police investigation.

But in Israel’s secular media market, mentioning a special treatment to people who are often the leaders of communities of many thousands, with wealthy and influential followers, is like throwing a slab of red meat to a pack of dogs.

The website concludes that this must be part of a quid pro quo between the airport and the Haredi parties in the Knesset: they turn a blind eye on the fact that the airport duty free shops operate on Shabbat and sell chometz on Pesach, and in return the rebbes get to ride a private car to the plane.

That’s because the honor awarded major rabbis must be rooted in something dirty. In a country where respect to the other is such a rare commodity, how else could you explain it?

Here’s the list of VIP rabbis, courtesy of Israel’s Airport Authority.

ben gurion vip rabbi list

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

6 Responses to “Israeli Press Protesting VIP Treatment of Major Rabbis”

  1. Stephen Flatow says:

    For $260 you do not get private car access to the plane and customs and border registration in the car. You cut ahead of some lines, but you're still facing the customs booth and the trapped worker inside.

  2. Eli Benmord says:

    Why the (F) is the marker so upset ,is it pure jalousie or watt anti orthodox ? I wood not like to comment or watt I thing of the Marker just as anti Jewish as Haarezt news

  3. Ronny Mol says:

    Boycott Haaretz and the marker. How do you hurt a secular person, take away the one thing most important, thieir money. A secular person doesn't care about nothing else as much as money. I was one, so I know the crowd.

  4. I understand the very old Rabbis BUT the same conveniences and honor should be given to ALL very old people. No one has said anything about NOT spending the money on the Rabbis (who are suppose to be servants to their flocks) and send said money to Israeli orphanages and elderly Holocaust survivors going hungry in Israel right now. I respect ALL Rabbis BUT get your own ride home and feed a hungry person for a month. By the way, I"m almost 78yrs old, not a young air head.

  5. Yechiel Baum says:

    where does Haaretz stand on protocol for the pope when he comes to Israel or is it self hatred? he SEEMS TO BE WRITING FOR A GERMAN PAPPER.

  6. Mary Hale says:

    what is wrong with the press in Israel..Haaretz will not grace my computer..

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Car - A-Tor
Updated: Three Injured in Jerusalem Terror Attack, Ambulances and Mayor’s Car also Attacked
Latest News Stories

Several Israelis suffered minor injuries in Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal that killed approximately 1,500 people, but approximately 250 Israelis are not accounted for, according to the Foreign Ministry. Communications systems have been disabled by the earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale and is the latest in a series of disasters that have […]

Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Bayit Yehudi settles for three Cabinet posts. Shas to head Religious Affairs with Bayit Yehudi as Deputy.

Traffic to Maaleh Adumim

The road from Jerusalem to Ma’aleh Adumim is closed to traffic due to Arab stone-throwing.

The officer of a Hareidi IDF unit was in Mea Shearim to visit two of his soldiers whose families have social or financial problems.

A soldier was stabbed, and a second soldier was nearly stabbed in separate attacks on Shabbat.

Three police have been injured in Jerusalem after a car ran into them. The three were walking on the sidewalk when the car slammed into them. The vehicular attack happened on the “Cohen’s Path” near Beit Orot on the Mount of Olives. One is moderately injured with pelvic injuries, and the other two are lightly […]

The airstrip, 10 miles from the Syrian border, could be used for UAV missions against Syrian rebels. Israel also is in range.

Vying for dominance in the WZO election, are movements within our nation which seek to undermine and subvert Orthodox Judaism.

Shira Klein was seriously injured in the April 15th Jerusalem terror attack that killed Shalom Yochai Sherki.

Arab media said several bases with long-range missiles were attacked on Saturday and last Wednesday.

Israel is the 11th happiest nation among 156 countries in the annual World Happiness Report for a second year. USA ranks 15.

New York’s MTA plans to vote on a change to its rules it hopes would allow it to exclude the “Killing Jews” anti-jihad ad campaign.

Biden gleefully announced two of his three Catholic children married Jews – not thrilling his Jewish audience.

In Jerusalem, the bells from 18 churches in the Old City of Jerusalem rang 100 times on Thursday evening, April 23, to remember the Armenian Genocide.

The IDF has come up with an 81-second video showing 67 years of Israeli land, sea and ground soldiers in action.

More Articles from Yori Yanover
rain ATM

A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]

Rabbi Meir Mazuz (seen visiting a synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn) declared in a public Internet psak that it is legal for a Jew to go up to temple Mount.

Needless to say, Shas, the Haredi Sefardi party, is not happy.

“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”

Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]

Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.

The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]

We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.

An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-press-protesting-vip-treatment-of-major-rabbis/2014/01/20/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: