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      Rabbis´ Initiative: Don´t Vote for Party That Won´t Promise

      A group of rabbis has turned to all the religious and hareidi parties, asking them to sign a commitment now that they will not join any government whose guidelines include giving away land.
      By Hillel Fendel
      First Publish: 3/7/2006, 9:03 AM / Last Update: 3/7/2006, 9:26 AM


      The group is led by Rabbi David Druckman of Kiryat Motzkin and the Pikuach Nefesh [Saving Lives] organization. The rabbis have issued a call to the public: Don't vote for a party that does not offer this guarantee.

      The rabbis explain that the goal is to prevent a repetition of the situation of the recent government term, whereby right-wing parties were partners in the Sharon government.

      A letter was sent to Shas, United Torah Judaism, Jewish Front (Baruch Marzel), and National Union-National Religious Party, asking them to sign on the dotted line. The declaration states:

      "We the undersigned declare that we will not join - under any circumstances, nor for any material or spiritual promises - a government whose guidelines include partial or full agreement to the Road Map or to any other plan that includes giving away Jewish communities or any territory of the Land of Israel to foreigners, or to autonomy for Arabs in the Land of Israel - and all this even in exchange for peace agreements."

      Rabbi Druckman told Arutz-7's Ruti Avraham that as of now, only Marzel's party has signed.

      The National Union/NRP list addressed this question in the merger agreement it signed last month. The agreement states that if, within the next two years, the question of whether or not to join the coalition arises, an independent panel is to make the final decision. The panel is to comprise six members: two appointed by each party, and former Chief Rabbis Shapira and Eliyahu.