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May 2, 2024

Quote of the Day

it will be discussed, there will be opinions, we will come to understandings. Tzfat and Metula havent been closed, but Meron will be? Ok, we heard. The entire world waits for Meron.

  -- Minister Yitzchak Goldknopf, responding to the news that Meron will be closed and declared a closed military zone for the week leading up to Lag BaOmer and for Lag BaOmer itself, to prevent people form going there against instructions. 
Meron has been hit with rockets from Hezbollah several times (there is an important army base very close to Meron) and a party with a large amount of celebrants on Lag BaOmer could make this an easy target for Hezbollah and will be a potential disaster. Goldknopf obviously doesnt like the idea of Meron being closed on Lag BaOmer. 
What he said caused quite a stir, especially because Metulla is closed down. Goldknopf has since apologized, but specifically apologized for inaccurately bundling Tzfat and Meron together. It seems he still thinks the Meron celebration shouldnt be shut down, despite the war and danger, just he shouldnt have compared it to Metulla...

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  1. Garnel IronheartMay 02, 2024 11:16 PM

    I say we let them go. Every Chareidi MK who opposes closing down Meron will be expected to be there from start to finish. The army will pull back and there will be minimal police presence. The Iron Dome for that area will be shut down. And let's see what happens.

  2. I’m confused. I’ve been noticing you comments on various webpages for over a decade. They are generally very intelligent. But this is just plain mean spirited.

    1. Garnel IronheartMay 03, 2024 9:05 AM

      Actually I've been consistent. A secular cousin of mine said it best - the Chareidim want tens of millions of shekels for Meron this year to ensure safety and security. Meanwhile 100 000 Israelis are living in hotels and shelters. If the government has all that money and wants to spend it on a bunch of people who are putting themselves in danger instead of on internal refugees, it's an immoral government. If the Chareidi leadership thinks it's more important to spend that money on themselves than on the internal refugees, it's an immoral leadership.


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