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Top Haredi rabbi said to oppose nationalist flag march for Jerusalem Day

Rabbi Gershon Edelstein at his home in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak on January 4, 2022. (Shlomi Cohen/Flash90)
Rabbi Gershon Edelstein at his home in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak on January 4, 2022. (Shlomi Cohen/Flash90)

A leading ultra-Orthodox rabbi has expressed opposition to today’s nationalist march marking Jerusalem Day and to visits by Jews to the Temple Mount, the Walla news site reports.

According to the report, Rabbi Gershon Edelstein made the remarks last night in a meeting with lawmakers from Degel HaTorah, which he is considered the spiritual leader of, asking why the participants “don’t understand that this is unnecessary and dangerous.”

MK Moshe Gafni, who heads the Haredi faction, denies Edelstein made the remarks.

Degel HaTorah is part of United Torah Judaism, a member of former premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s opposition bloc of right-wing and religious parties.

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