| Ideology: This religious
school calls for defiance of the government to protect settlements
from "land for peace" agreements.
Noted For: Extremist views of Israeli-Palestinian
relations, and connections high inside the Israeli government
The Bet El Yeshiva Center also funds Arutz 7, an independent
Israeli radio station created by settlers who felt that
mainstream Israeli radio was biased against them , according
to the station's 7 website.
Key Leaders of Bet El Yeshiva Center: Rabbi Shlomo
Aviner; Israeli Tourism Minister Benny Elon,
Key Leaders of the American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva
Center: Dave Hollander, Mertin Segal
Money from Moskowitz's Bingo: $431,000 between 1988
In 1995, the Bet El yeshiva "called on Israeli soldiers
to refuse to obey orders connected with the evacuation of
West Bank military installations as part of Stage 2 of the
peace process," Hillel Halking wrote in the English
language weekly, Forward.. "The ruling, which was denounced
by the government, its supporters, and most of the Opposition
as illegal and an invitation to civil war, has for the first
time raised the specter of mass insubordination in Israel'
s citizens army."
Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, the head of this yeshiva and Ateret
Cohanim yehiva was among a group of influential rabbis who
signed a letter urging the Israeli soldiers to disobey their
The yeshiva is associated with another famous right-winger,
Knesset member, Benny Elon. A 2002 Jerusalem Post article
reported: "Elon has been active in establishing a Jewish
presence throughout eastern Jerusalem, including the Old
City's Muslim Quarter, Silwan, Beit Orot on the Mount of
Olives, Ras el-Amud, and the Shimon Hatzadik area in Sheikh
In 1999 Moskowitz and a group of financiers and politicians
met with Elon to discuss backing him for a run for Prime
Minister, according to a 1999 Jerusalem Post article.
In their own words:
In that same article, Elon, the Minister of Tourism, was
quoted as saying, "Our strategic plan for the city
is one: a belt of Jewish continuity from east to west."
Elon has also advocated a transfer of Palestinian land
to Israel, followed by an emigration by Palestinians, the
Jerusalem Post reported in 2002.
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