Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Rav Lau for President?

Harry posts today about PM Olmert perhaps backing Rav Yisrael Meir Lau, the highly respected Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, as his choice candidate for President of Israel.
Harry says that this indicates that the claims of PM Olmert being anti-Torah are thus dispelled.
I tend to disagree.
Call me cynical, but I see it as nothing more than a brilliant tactical move. Get a well-respected consensus Rabbi to calm the people down with soothing Achdus talk when Olmert carries out his disengagement plan which primarily targets the religious Zionists - the circle where Rav Lau is most respected. The President can do nothing but promote unity and tone down any threats of violence or a second Amona. It will go down as smoothly as PM Olmert can hope for, with Rav Lau condemning the violence in no uncertain terms. He will have no choice, as the "Mamlachtiut" of the position demands no less.

I would strongly urge the aristocratic Rav Lau to turn down the unenviable job of having to rubber stamp an action which may turn out to be a great Bechiya L'Dorot, especially in light of the grave, unresolved, humanitarian injustices committed against those who were expelled from Gush Katif.


Blogger Jak Black said...

I have to agree with you here. We're talking about the President of Israel, not America. It's little more than window dressing over here.

Olmert is exceedingly slick, and is so full of it that he squeaks going into a turn. He has no love for anyone except himself.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Bari said...

Ehud, as in days of yore, seems to be proffering a gift to the king but has the dagger concealed on the side you least expect it.


4:00 PM  
Blogger Nephtuli said...

Why would you think Olmert is anti-Torah?

8:25 PM  
Blogger Bari said...

I agree, Nephtuli. I was just paraphrasing Harry's post.

He's just "far zech" (for himself). Totally and utterly. He's the leader of "the party with no ideals".

To whatever extent that makes him anti everything else that gets in the way, he's anti everything else.

8:28 PM  
Anonymous daat y said...

I actually totally agree with you.I didn't think it could happen.I answered on HM before reading your astute observation.Olmert is also a shark.He goes for the kill.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Rav Lau acted the same way during the hellish days of Oslo, rendering him one of my less favorites.

7:15 AM  

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