Daily Israel Report

Rabbi Eliyahu: Focus Fight on Supreme Court

The rabbi of Tzfat warns opponents of Judea and Samaria demolition to stay focused on the real problem – the Supreme Court.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 6/24/2012, 7:25 PM

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu
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Those who oppose the decision to demolish Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria must stay focused on the real problem, says Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of Tzfat.

The soldiers and police who will carry out the eviction are just the enforcers, he told Arutz Sheva. “The focus must be on the root of what must be fixed, that is, the court that calls itself the High Court of Justice – despite being neither of those things,” he said.

“The court takes a strong hand when it comes to people who respect the state, but is weak when it comes to Arabs who build tens of thousands of buildings in the Galilee without permits, on state land and privately owned land,” he added.

“Neither the police nor the State Prosecution enforce the law there, due solely to the fact that those involved are Arab,” Rabbi Eliyahu charged. “It is a failure on the part of the legal system… The struggle must be focused there.”

Rabbi Eliyahu spent the Sabbath in Beit El, where he met with families that face eviction from their homes. The families he met were united in their intent to abide by an agreement reached with the government, he said.

The Supreme Court has been criticized for its decision on Beit El homes in particular. The court ordered homes demolished without hearing the claims of the homeowners.

The eviction is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. The Defense Ministry will bring trucks to assist in the move from homes to caravans stationed near the entrance to the town.