Omer Bar-Lev To Secular Press: ‘I Didn’t Apologize To Chareidim’, But His Letter And Yaron Angel Suggest Otherwise

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In a Yediot Aharonot interview to be published Friday, Angel bakery director Omer Bar-Lev hotly denies having apologized to the chareidim, despite the letter of apology which he and Yaron Angel brought to the Edelstein family. It should be noted that Bar-Lev and Angel were criticized in the secular media for “capitulating” to the chareidi boycott.

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Bar-Lev said that he had “been surprised at the broadness of the boycott” but insisted that he had not caved in or surrendered.

“A week after I became head of the Angel board of directors, people spread fake news that I had allegedly demonstrated opposite Rabbi Edelstein’s home and insulted his honor,” Bar Lev said. “I didn’t intend to bring such a result of a boycott, but it happened very fast when there were calls for a boycott, including from Moshe Gafni and Aryeh Deri and from there it spread. This wasn’t a boycott from the rabbis, it came from the public.”

Bar-Lev claimed that the reason for Angel’s decision to apologize wasn’t economic. “Of course there were orders cancelled but what concerned us was that people supporting families would be fired from all kinds of positions in the bakery. That was the last thing I needed.”

Bar-Lev said that “we didn’t give in or surrender, this has been going on for a month and we didn’t cave in due to threats, but the moment it became another dispute within the Israeli public against the bakery – which has nothing to do with the current public debate and has been providing bread for 100 years to everyone – and the moment it became clear that they saw our silence as arrogance and contempt, it was clear we had to do something.” Despite this Bar-Lev insisted that he had not apologized. “I don’t see this as an apology. You can give any headline you want, it wasn’t an apology.”

In the wake of Bar-Lev’s statements, Yaron Angel said that “Omer Bar-Lev is a private person and a politician and the interview with him is personal and did not involve us. Angel’s Bakery apologized from the depths of our heart and publicly, an apology which cannot be misconstrued. That is a fact and we stand behind it.”


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Pd f
Pd f
1 year ago

Something doesnt sound kosher there

Huh...?
Huh...?
1 year ago

This Bar Lev guy is anything but smart.

Just put your pride aside and apologise.

Zumy
Zumy
1 year ago

So what he has gained is that the apology sounds hollow and the chiloni population sees him as wishy washy. Perhaps its time for him to seek different employment because this interview will likely make Angel have to fire him.

Lgb
Lgb
1 year ago

Good so reinstate the boycott

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

So he apologized in the name of the bakery that he runs. But it was him and his son who insulted the Haredim and the Torah and they refuse to apologize. Interesting.

Judith
Judith
1 year ago

People in business should stay away from politics .

Ben Ami
Ben Ami
1 year ago

Bar Lev is a card carrying member of the erev rav. A rasha who will bite the dust when moshiach comes.

Mendy
Mendy
1 year ago

A bakery boycott – two rolls got fresh and an apple turnover. Not a big gadillah…

yosher
yosher
1 year ago

Either Angels must fire this anti frum menuval or we must preserve Kavod HaTorah with a continuing boycott and erase Angels Bakery. Two opposite accounts to appease both sides stinks. Angels had no reason to enter this political fracas. They have freedom of speech and freedom to experience the reactions and the cosequences.

Rebbetzin without Portfolio
Rebbetzin without Portfolio
1 year ago

Israeli speak with fork tongue.

I was a Democrat until I saw the light
I was a Democrat until I saw the light
1 year ago

Old news who cares. And yes he has a right yo say what he believes and if you don’t want his product ho buy an inferior one for more. Bug move on already