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Sandro Rosell
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Defense Minister eulogizes Rabbi Benny Elon, says Israel ready to accept any peace plan from the Trump Administration

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman opened the weekly Yisrael Beiteinu faction meeting Monday with a eulogy for Rabbi Benny Elon, who passed away last week after a battle with cancer.

Former head of the Beit Orot yeshiva Rabbi Benny Elon has passed away after a long struggle with cancer.

The Rabbi, a founder of Beit El, was born in Rehavia in Jerusalem.

He studied in yeshiva high school in Pardes Hana in northern Israel, and later at the Negev Yeshiva and Merkaz Harav Yeshva in Jerusalem and at the Idra Kolel in the Golan.

He served in the IDF in artillery and was discharged with the rank of lieutenant.

At 23 he was appointed as head of the religious kibbutz movement's branches in the Beit Shean Valley in northern Israel. Later, he served as a rabbi at a number of yeshivot, including the hesder yeshiva of Maale Adumim, Machon Meir, and Ateret Cohanim in the Old City of Jerusalem.

In 1990, he and Rabbi Chanan Porat established the Beit Orot Yeshiva on Mount Scopus.

Later, he served in the political sphere as an MK and Tourism government minister as head of the Moledet Party.  The 2002 Elon Peace Plan called for annexing Judea and Samaria, granting Jordanian citizenship to the Arabs living there, and making Jordan the Palestinian State.

In 2004, then-PM Sharon fired Elon and Liberman from their ministerial positions due to their opposition to the "Disengagement."

Since then, he focused on developing the Israel's connections with other nations at the US Congress and other parliaments around the world. He won the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism in 2016.

Liberman recalled the term in which he and Rabbi Elon served together in a joint faction, and said that the rabbi was "a Torah scholar, a visionary and a man of action. His whole being was loyalty to the Land of Israel."

Liberman also spoke about the proposed bill which the party promoted to commemorate the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, while honoring those who participated in that victory.

Lieberman took advantage of the opportunity to attack the "Mufti's successors" among Israel's Arab enemies. "As we knew how to defeat the Nazis, we will know how to defeat all the forces that are acting against us both from the outside and from within."

In response to a question about Trump's visit, Lieberman noted that the Israeli government is open to any offer from the Trump government. "We do not choose our partner."

He also made it clear that the Yisrael Beiteinu party is initiating a bill to allow for public transportation on the Sabbath if local municipalities wish to allow it, and that he believes that the government should not interfere with the local municipalities in the matter of Sabbath observance.

By: A7 Staff
 (INN)