Williamsburg, NY – Satmar Rebbe To Arrive In Jerusalem On Sunday To Shake Up Israeli Elections (photos)


Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg, Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum On Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY, getting well wishes from his Chasidim before leaving to Israel on Jan 19 2013. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini)Williamsburg, NY – The Satmar Rebbe of Williamsburg, Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, is expected to arrive in Israel on Sunday with a large delegation on the eve of the Israeli elections.

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Both Rabbi Teitelbaum and several thousand of his chassidim have flown out tonight from JFK Airport from the United States.

The Rebbe’s purpose in coming to Israel is to take part in the wedding of his grandchild, the daughter of Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Teitelbaum, who heads the Jerusalem branch of Satmar.

Those familiar with the Rebbe’s plans say the timing of his arrival is not coincidental, and that his intention in visiting Israel is to cause trouble for the ultra-religious political parties who financially benefit from what he calls the “Zionist Molech.”

Those close to him added that the Rebbe moved up the timing of his trip in the wake of the early elections. “If the religious parties become weakened, we will note that with satisfaction and this will be the result of the Rebbe’s visit,” one of the Rebbe’s followers said. The “holy journey” of the Rebbe was prepared months in advance.

The Rebbe’s anticipated arrival is already being felt by those in Jerusalem. The Rebbe will visit Jerusalem and participate in a rally in Kikar Shabbat. According to his chassidim, the Rebbe is expected to give a “historic” speech at the rally where he will discuss the damage the Haredi parties have inflicted on Orthodox Judaism.

Because Satmar refuses to travel on the “Zionist airline” El-Al, Delta Airlines was asked to change their flight schedule in order to accommodate the Rebbe’s travel needs.

In the last few days, many Satmar chassidim decided to join this traveling contingent. However, Delta Airlines was unable to issue enough tickets to all those who wanted one. Therefore, Satmar arranged additional special flights to Israel with the help of Turkish Airlines, according to a report by Yediot Ahronot (http://bit.ly/VfqmuM).

Misphacha newspaper reported that Rabbi Teitelbaum is bringing more than five million dollars with him in order to distribute monies to organizations which do not benefit from “the Zionist State” and to pay students not to vote in the elections.

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