Yuli Edelstein 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem / The Jerusalem Post)
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein expressed outrage over the weekend, due to the
fighting among Jews in Israel over the draft state budget and the right to pray
at the Western Wall.
Speaking in his statesmanlike, unpolitical role,
Edelstein called for calm despite the intense emotions involved in both
“The events at the Western Wall and the budget that is expected
to be presented this week naturally cause tension between different sectors and
individuals,” he said. “I think the only answer, at least temporarily is
Edelstein called upon all parties involved in both disputes
to do everything possible to find compromises and build bridges.
would be proper for all sides to avoid harming the other no matter what ends up
happening,” he said. “The Jewish people as a nation has endured many crises and
unfortunately will have to endure more. To deal with them dialogue and
understanding are essential.”
Edelstein noted that the Shavuot holiday
that begins on Tuesday evening marks the festival of bringing the first fruits
to the Temple. He called upon Israelis to refrain from the baseless hatred that
according to tradition caused the Temple’s destruction.