Amihai Eliyahu

Amihai Eliyahu in a call to the protesters: come together to pray

Minister Eliyahu called on the people of the protest to come to the planned prayer on Thursday: "Come to say Judaism is not excluded from the public sphere, we do not despise it, we respect it"

Amihai Eliyahu (Photo: Bentzi Rubin)

Despite criticism within the coalition, Israel's Heritage Minister Amihai Eliyahu from the Otzma Yehudit party insists that the prayer planned by Minister Ben-Gvir in Tel Aviv tomorrow (Thursday) should be held in response to the violent harassment by the left-wing protesters on Yom Kippur.

According to the minister, "We are after an uplifting Yom Kippur, although we forget to mention it in the media, on Yom Kippur, the absolute majority of the people of Israel came to the synagogues and prayed there with love, in unity, I live in a secular settlement, it was amazing, only when I opened the media at the end of the holiday, i had this heartbreaking, we need to put everything in its proper context, a few went against the many here and wanted to make this mess."

To the reporter's question about the prayer planned for tomorrow, the minister replied that "it is a prayer of unity, I call on the demonstrators, the protestors who were there and saw the great pain, come to the prayer too, come to say Judaism is not excluded from the public sphere, we do not despise it, we respect it ".

"This is a statement that it is important that you come out from the demonstrators, from the people of the protest, this is my call, come to the prayer, this should not be 'our' prayer, this should be a prayer of the secular public and the traditional public who say I respect Judaism, I am connected to Judaism, I respect the tradition."

"This is our statement, this is a statement that should be made by the entire State of Israel, not to allow the mayor today, as he is doing, to further hurt and divide the people, we cannot give this division a place within us, we are a people that has been through a lot of things, we must not devour one another".

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