JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Prime Minister Netanyahu’s grandchildren are all Chareidi, since his only married child from his first marriage, Noa Haran, became religious a number of years ago and married Daniel Roth. Their children study in the Darkei Shmuel Talmud Torah in Jerusalem, which is affiliated with the Etz faction of Lithuanian Chareidim who do not accept money from the state of Israel.
The Satmar Rebbe who is presently visiting Israel distributed a reported 5 million dollars on Wednesday night to 150 institutions which do not accept money from Israel, including the institutions of Etz. Over the past year, some 60 new institutions numbering 7000 pupils have been accepted into the network of institutions supported by Satmar, in addition to the 50000 pupils already supported by the network. Just two months ago, these new institutions received 18 million shekels in support from the Satmar Rebber.
Representatives of all the institutions were present at the welcoming ceremony for the Satmar Rebbe this week. Ironically, the grandchildren of Prime Minister Netanyahu, the head of the Zionist entity, were also present at the ceremony to welcome the anti-Zionist Satmar Rebbe.
The visit has sparked numerous diverse responses in the Israeli media. Some journalists have stressed the right of the Rebbe like any other Jew to visit his institutions despite his opposition to the State of Israel, while others condemned the Rebbe and called on him to leave. Some Israelis mistakenly identified the Rebbe with Neturei Karta, even though he eschews their ideology and tells his Chasidim not to collaborate with the BDS and Israel’s enemies.
Others noted that the Rebbe is vicariously supporting the Israeli economy, since the money he brought will be spent on Israeli goods and Israeli services.