MK Gafni: My Chareidi Brother Who Fought In Lebanon War Is Called ‘Parasite’, My Granddaughter Gets Less Funding

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MK Moshe Gafni (Photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In a fiery speech responding to the growing incitement against chareidim in Israel, UTJ leader Moshe Gafni spoke about his brother, who fought in the first Lebanon war and about his granddaughter who received inferior budgets for her education in comparison with secular students.

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“Yair Lapid stands here and talks about the army and all that is related,” said Gafni, “Yet with all due respect I never saw Yair Lapid in combat but rather the Yair Lapid who sat and wrote for Bamachaneh [IDF magazine) smearing officers and civilians.

“My brother, who is even more chareidi than me, was in the Peace for Galilee operation. He was at the fight in Sultan Yaakub [June 1982 tank battle], in mortal danger. We were sure that, heaven forfend, he had been killed in that battle. He volunteered- he’s chareidi, if you saw him you would say: parasite, go to the army. And that is what happened, we were in Tel Aviv and that’s what they called him.

“He came back from Sultan Yaakub, his friends were killed there. Yet his children get half the salary and half the budgets that Yair Lapid gets, the one who was in BaMachaneh. My brother’s children won’t get that money, he didn’t fight enough.

Gafni added that “I have a granddaughter, she works, got married and had a son, my first great-grandson. She’s a young woman, working in hi-tech, makes good money, contributes to the economy together with her chareidi friends who studied with her in Wolf seminar in Bnei Brak.

She learned all of the disciplines, whatever was needed for her profession. Unfortunately her school was poorly funded. Every time there are different excuses, they learn all the core curriculum, she’s working in hi-tech but people are sitting here and saying she doesn’t deserve [to be funded]. Why? Because she isn’t supervised- but she is supervised. She doesn’t learn core curriculum- she does and more because she also learns Jewish studies.”


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RonFromNJ
RonFromNJ
1 year ago

I’m shocked that vinnews omitted Gafni’s idiotic comments about Noa Kirel during the very same Knesset speech, in which he actually offered to send her some clothes. Secular Israelis have been dressing skimpily for 75 years. Does Gafni believe that taking gratuitous potshots at a secular Israeli hero will achieve anything other than further inflame secular Israelis’ hatred of Chareidim ?

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Gafni, They are not talking about your brother. If he went to the army and shared the burden he is a noble person-
They are calling YOU a parisite as you shirked your obligation to society

anonymous
anonymous
1 year ago

70% of charedi men in Israel DO NOT WORK. No population anywhere could get away with this.

shloime
shloime
1 year ago

not exactly an honest argument. “his brother” does not make up for the thousands who do not defend eretz yisrael.

the torah itself does not include studying torah as a reason to be exempt.

even moshe rabbeinu had to participate, as well as a man of 80+ years could, to defeat amalek, because even he was not too great a scholar to lift a hand to help.

nisht
nisht
1 year ago

Whoever is reading my posts that works at vinnews, and is not allowing them to go through, I must say, you are THE problem.

You should be ashamed ad miod.

I am trying to bring Shalom, and you are against it?

Marcia
Marcia
1 year ago

Both sides need to meet in the middle and give up something that they believe they can’t do without. For instance, Charedi can give a certain amount of hours per week to begin with while secular can take off those certain hours.

nisht
nisht
1 year ago

Hating any yid whatsoever, is sinas chinam. Even the ones that are calling you parasites.

Lo sisneh es achicha bilvavecha.

Now, you will say they aren’t “achicha,” and I will just refer you to the first line of what I wrote, that you are hating on them and justifying your hate, yet again.

The people with Tzar Ayin/an Ayin Ra, will justify the hate, on both sides, and will bring chazals to justify their hate.

triumphinwhitehouse
triumphinwhitehouse
1 year ago

it seems the Zionist paradise is unravaling before our very own eyes and frum Jews are becoming the majority THAT is what worries Lapid

Moone
Moone
1 year ago

I have always admired Gafni’s articulation. his arguments are most compelling. However, as much as I like what he says, I still think they are making a mistake in that this is a war of words. At the core, there is an ideological difference, where one side sees the other as evil (either as haters or as parasites), and it looks like neither side is trying to focus on that because it would require too much sacrifice, but instead focus on words who speaks better — that’s much easier to perfect.

HeshyEmes
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HeshyEmes
1 year ago

I’m sure that there are exceptions, but unfortunately the majority of the Chareidim do not go into the military, nor do they participate in National Service (such as helping in Nursing Homes). The sineh that it creates is untenable. During these days of Sefireh, when Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 Talmidim were nifter because of lack of kuvid for each other, we should all try to reach out to one another, and may our Gedoilem find a solution so that our not yet Frum brethren have no tainus on the ever growing Chareidim who are seen as gaming the system.

Educated Archy
Educated Archy
1 year ago

So Many speeches and yelling. Just pass the bill already. The more you yell and invoke the more they will mobilize and stop you. Just ramm it through and stop schleping.

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