Rav Shmuel Eliyahu, the Rabbi of Tzfat, was predictably pleased with the decision by the Attorney General and Legal Advisor to the Government not to put him on trial for racist incitement.
"We always knew that we do not belong in this investigation and these proceedings," he told Arutz Sheva. "We are not involved with incitement or racism. We busy ourselves with Zionism and safeguarding the Land of Israel, and what we said is absolutely fine."
Rav Eliyahu, son of the revered Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, said that the affair shows the true face of the Reform movement, whose representatives had filed a motion to the High Court demanding the investigation against him.
"The pathetic nature of the Reformists who filed a motion to the High Court has been revealed again," he said. "This shows that all they do is persecute the rabbis of Israel, and they would be better off investing their money in more positive things."
The rabbi noted that the decision was announced on Tammuz 17, a fast day. "We are beginning to see how this day is turning into a day of happiness and joy, in the words of the prayer – 'restore your judges as they were at first and your advisers as at the beginning' – with an emphasis on the Legal Advisor to the Government."