'Forcing Prime Minister out because of cigars is outrageous'

Tzfat Chief Rabbi slams 'hypocritical' calls for PM Netanyahu to resign when other senior leaders were allowed to get away with worse.

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Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu
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Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu criticized the left-wing demonstrations calling for the resignation and indictment of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, over accusations of having improperly received gifts from Israeli businessmen.

"I think that all the rabbis of Israel should back up Netanyahu because he works on behalf of the people of Israel, for the Land of Israel and the Torah of Israel," Rabbi Eliyahu told Arutz Sheva.

"We have to strengthen him and certainly not demonstrate against him in such a hypocritical manner," Rabbi Eliyahu added.

"I think catching him on cigars is just delusional. There were prime ministers here who took tens of millions on their birthday, [there were] Shimon Peres, Weizmann, Ben-Eliezer ... It's just hypocrisy to catch him on such little things when looking at what they did."

When Rabbi Eliahu was asked what he thought of the right-wing demonstrations against the prime minister, he replied that "these are demonstrations of the left in disguise, pretending to be right-wing. Even the rabbis who demonstrate there are leftist pretending to be right-wing."