Burg Denounces Lubavitch Movement

Interior Minister Yosef Burg assailed the Habad (Lubavitch) movement Thursday night for “base, vicious, lying propaganda” in charging that Cabinet ministers were not carrying the religious banner aggressively enough. Dr. Burg told the 22nd Mizrachi-Hapoel Hamizrachi convention here that he rejected the Habad movement’s assertion that the National Religious Party Cabinet ministers were “stuck to their Cabinet seats.” He added that “we would not be unemployed if we left the Cabinet,” and further declared that “we are there fighting the battle of the entire national religious movement.” Mean while, Religious Affairs Minister Zerach Warhaftig urged the Mizrachi movement to support the chief rabbinate, which has been under attack by “parties who doubt the religious justification of the State of Israel.”

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