“Chief Rabbi of Russia called on Jews to leave Israel,” the Lebanese Hizbollah terrorist group reported on its website.
The article quoted an interview Rabbi Berel Lazar gave to a European publication called Naashe V’Nishma, published by the Rabbinical Center of Europe in Brussels, which Lazar is a founding member of.
“Lazar, who belongs to Chabad Chassidism, says that it is better for Russian Jews to stay in their homeland then emigrate to Israel, which for many Jews weakens their faith,” moqavemat.com – the defence association for Lebanon & Palestine Islamic resistance movement – wrote.
Lazar, a close ally of Vladimir Putin‘s Kremlin and chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities in the CIS, has, in the past, expressed his wish to visit the Jewish Community in Iran. Hizbollah follows the Islamist Shi’a ideology developed by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
The website, which runs a Hebrew edition, went on to mention Lazar’s concern about the growing number of non-Jews in Israel, many of them emigrate from the former Soviet Union.
“The Rabbi mentioned the opposition of the Rebbe of Lubavitch to the law of “Who is a Jew” against immigration of non-Jews to Israel. According to him, some 40% of the immigrants are non-Jews.”