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(photo credit: Yosef Avi Yair Angel)
President Shimon Peres and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar issued a call to the
public on Wednesday to desist from all forms of extremism and
Against the backdrop of the raging controversy and unrest
surrounding the apprehension and interrogation of Rabbis Dov Lior and Yaakov
Yosef on suspicion of incitement, Peres on Wednesday invited Amar to Beit
Hanassi to see if they could find a way to calm hot tempers and create a more
moderate and reasonable atmosphere.
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“We appeal to the public to distance
themselves from anything extreme that can corrupt truth,” Amar said. “According
to Maimonides, the appropriate path is the middle one, which is the golden path.
Today, more than ever, rabbis as well other leaders must be careful what they
say so that enthusiastic young people will not be influenced to do something
extreme and dangerous.”
Peres emphasized that the rule of law is the
basis of our existence and everyone is equal before the law.“The rabbis have a
great responsibility to protect these principles,” Peres said.
thanked Peres for his efforts to prevent the situation regarding the police
questioning Lior and the ensuing demonstrations from deteriorating any
The chief rabbi also informed the president that some months ago
he approached both the authorities and the rabbis involved and offered the use
of his office as a place where any clarification or interview could take place.
This would have allowed the authorities to conduct their clarification with the
rabbis, preserve the dignity of the rabbis and prevent the situation that
occurred – a public conflict between the rabbis and the authorities.
though the authorities agreed to this arrangement, the meeting never
materialized, Amar said.
Peres stressed the importance of the rule of law
in a democracy and said that spiritual leaders have a special responsibility to
imbue this principle in their followers, and to desist from incitement or any
xenophobic actions which run contrary to the ethics of the State of
Israel.Jonah Mandel contributed to this report