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  9/5/2012, Elul 18, 5772

Hevron Chief Rabbi Calls for United Religious Parties


Rabbi Dov Lior, the Chief Rabbi of Hevron and Kiriyat Arba on Wednesday advocated various religious political parties to unite. "There is no doubt that the desire to unite all parts of the religious community into one big national movement is very important," said Rabbi Lior. "This will enable delegates to influence decision making on current issues in our public life," he said. 
 
However Rabbi Lior added that he believes "the basis for unity among parties has to several principles: standing firm and decisive with regard to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, standing firm in the struggle for Jewish character of the state in way of life, and obtaining legal authority to guide the elected officials according to the Torah of Israel to decide on political issues of principle. "
 
Without receiving these principles, Rabbi Lior said, "There is no unity but exploiting the situation for political purposes." He specifically mentioned a unity of the Jewish Home Party and the National Union Party, which have run together in past Knesset elections.