Top Newsweek Rabbi Nixes Retreat

Newsweek's "Most Influential Rabbi in the U.S." is visiting Israel – and reiterates the futility of contemplating an Israeli withdrawal.


Rabbi Krinsky
Rabbi Krinsky
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Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, listed in Newsweek as Most Influential Rabbi in the United States, is visiting Israel – and reiterates the futility of contemplating an Israeli withdrawal.

Rabbi Krinsky, head of the central arm of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, the International Education Center, is currently on a short visit to Israel. He took the opportunity to reiterate that Israel must not and cannot contemplate withdrawing from any territory under its control.

This past June, Krinsky, 77, was listed as #1 on Newsweek's list of Top 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America, narrowly beating out Reform Rabbi Eric Yoffie, who represents 1.5 million Jews in more than 900 temples in his role as president of the Union of Reform Judaism.

Rabbi Krinsky met in Israel with rabbinical colleagues and discussed ways to preserve the integrity and security of Israel.

“It is obvious that it is forbidden to negotiate or contemplate any withdrawal from any part of territory under Israeli control," Rabbi Krinsky said. "This simple logic is well understood and accepted by the majority of Americans, as well as by the higher echelons of the U.S. Administration."

Rabbi Krinsky, who was a secretary and close confidante of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, said, “The entire world, even the Left in Israel, by now sees the disastrous consequences of the withdrawals in the past. It not only goes against the Torah ruling and defies simple logic, but goes against the opinion of all security experts in Israel and the world. One should not even talk about withdrawal."

"Once Israel stops vacillating and carries out its full right to build and live in every part of the Holy Land, it will gain international respect and receive mighty support from the U.S. and the rest of the world,” Rabbi Krinsky assured.