Top Chabad rabbi urges Netanyahu not to back Trump plan

Senior Chabad rabbi in Israel, Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yeruslavski, urges Netanyahu not to embrace Trump peace plan.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yeruslavski
Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yeruslavski
Chabad spokesperson

A leading Chabad rabbi in Israel has called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu not to endorse President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan.

Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yeruslavski, the chief of Chabad’s central rabbinic court in Israel, penned a letter late last week to Netanyahu, urging the prime minister not to accept the Trump administration’s peace plan over its support for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

In his letter to Netanyahu, Rabbi Yeruslavski cited the position of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe forbidding the surrender of parts of the historic Land of Israel.

“Back in 1990, we had clear instructions from the Lubavitcher Rebbe regarding the return of territories, etc., which you of course must remember.”

“When we hear today talk of an agreement for the establishment of a Palestinian terrorist state in the territory of Judea and Samaria, we request that you do not, God forbid, make the mistake of accepting the Deal of the Century plan of President Trump, which includes in it Palestinian statehood, heaven help us.”

“This plan will only bring the opposite of security to the holy land,” continued Rabbi Yeruslavski.

Last week, a delegation of Chabad leaders visited the Jewish community in Hebron and met with local Jewish leaders, who presented them with the map of the “Deal of the Century” plan.

Following the tour, members of the delegation said they would work to lobby against the plan’s adoption by Israel.

"The Lubavitcher Rebbe warned that the very talk of retreat from the enemy endangers the nation that dwells in Zion, even before talking about the dangers that stem from the plan, and therefore Chabad will have to act to prevent danger to the lives of millions of Jews in the land of Israel,” one Chabad official told Arutz Sheva.

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