Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of Tzfat, responded to criticism of a letter signed by several rabbis, which called to "do everything" to stop the formation of the proposed government.
"I think that in a country in which the Prime Minister's display is hanging from a rope called 'freedom of speech,' this entire philosophical discussion is simply a circus," Rabbi Eliyahu told News 12. "I have no other word for it."
"They take a word that no one intended and no one understands it that way - we're not dealing with stupid people, so this discussion is just about silencing people," he said.
The interviewer responded, "We are against silencing people. And still, I ask you: especially when the most important rabbis are signatories - " At that point, Rabbi Eliyahu cut him off, saying that, "when you [justify by] saying, 'and still' - that is silencing people."
"I don't want to explain, because if I explain, it'll turn into a discussion. No one said and no one thought that anyone would say something inciting to violence. It is permissible to protest against people who promised that they absolutely would not join the Left, and who are joining the Left and stealing nearly 200,000 votes from people who did not want that."