Leil 28 Nisan 5766
Tonight I was pleasantly surprised to find that my comment to an Arutz 7 article had been published. The article was
"Spiritual Matters Not Subject to Give-and-Take"
15:15 Apr 24, '06 / 26 Nisan 5766
by Hillel Fendel
I emphasize the word "surprised." Read the article, then my comment, remember that Arutz 7 is located in Beth-El where Shlomo Aviner is co-Chief Rabbi, and you'll understand why.
Here is my comment (#19):
"Rabbenu Tzvi Yehudah ztz"l also said that one should do everything in order to delay and to prevent the giving up [even part] of the Land of Israel. Rav Melamed and Rav Lior understand this. Shlomo Aviner does not. He says one cannot refuse orders to expel Jews. He was seen chit-chatting with the Azza expulsion commander. (See photo below.) He was the one who attacked Jews who were acting on Rabbenu Tzvi Yehudah's dictate. See testimony at: www.aviner.net."
Furthermore I went to the original article, to which Hillel Fendel referred.
"A Bizarre Suggestion"
Shabbath Hol HaMo'ed Pesach
17 Nisan 5766
I wrote to Machon Me'ir with the following question. We shall see if they bother to send me an answer.
"Shalom Aleichem. Regarding Rav Shlomo Aviner's article, I am confused. His statements here contradict his behavior in Azza this summer where he criticized and otherwise attacked Jews who were defending their homes in Eretz Yisrael. The army and police were participants in the expulsion, something which Rav Aviner clearly states is against the Hallachah. Why, then did Rav Aviner prevent and otherwise discourage residents of Azza from doing what needed to be done to defend their homes effectively, and thus prevent their fellow Jews (gov't officials, soldiers, and police) from going against a very big issur of the Torah? Thank you."