Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi of Kiryat Arba and head of the Yesha Rabbis' Council, spoke Sunday at the dedication of dormitories at Birkat HaTorah Yeshiva at Shavei Shomron in Samaria and announced that he favors the Arab “right of return.” A hush fell upon the audience and he was quick to explain that by “right of return” he meant “the right of all Arabs to return to the Arabian Peninsula.”
In a good mood after the freeze on construction lapsed, Rabbi Lior turned to Samaria local authority chief Gershon Mesika (in white shirt in photo) and expressed his wish that one day he would become the Mayor of Shechem. “You will have to work hard to clean that place up,” he said, “but with your abilities I trust you can do it in the course of a single day.”
Continuing in the same vein, Lior noted that the large houses of Shechem and Ramallah would be great places to house Jewish immigrants from the US, “because they are fond of large houses.”
Rabbi Lior founded the yeshiva at Shavei Shomron, which is headed by Rabbi Yehoshua Shmidt.
The new dorms will house 70 students. According to David Ha'ivri of the Samaria Liaison Bureau, their construction was made possible by the generosity of Dr. Irving and Cherna Moskowitz of Florida.