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October 30, 1994
Shlomo Goren, 77, a former chief rabbi of Israel and an outspoken critic of Israeli reconciliation with the PLO. Goren, who served as Israel's chief rabbi from 1973 to 1983, was often at the center of controversy. A year ago, he issued a religious ruling that soldiers could refuse orders to dismantle Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. "There is a law that overrides all others, and that is the law of settling Israel," Goren said at the time.
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October 30, 1994
Shlomo Goren, 77, a former chief rabbi of Israel and an outspoken critic of Israeli reconciliation with the PLO. Goren, who served as Israel's chief rabbi from 1973 to 1983, was often at the center of controversy. A year ago, he issued a religious ruling that soldiers could refuse orders to dismantle Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. "There is a law that overrides all others, and that is the law of settling Israel," Goren said at the time.
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NEWS
June 9, 1994 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, expected to visit the West Bank and Gaza Strip this month, a former Israeli chief rabbi on Wednesday issued a religious ruling calling upon Jews to kill him. Rabbi Shlomo Goren said he had made a formal rabbinic ruling that declared: "There is no doubt that Yasser Arafat deserves death according to Israeli and international law. . . .
NEWS
June 9, 1994 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, expected to visit the West Bank and Gaza Strip this month, a former Israeli chief rabbi on Wednesday issued a religious ruling calling upon Jews to kill him. Rabbi Shlomo Goren said he had made a formal rabbinic ruling that declared: "There is no doubt that Yasser Arafat deserves death according to Israeli and international law. . . .
NEWS
December 20, 1993 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A leading Israeli rabbi on Sunday urged the country's soldiers to disobey any orders to remove Jewish settlers from the West Bank, Gaza Strip or Golan Heights or to take other forceful actions against them, asserting that God wants them there and that the government would be wrong to move them. "The soldiers must refuse this order," declared Rabbi Shlomo Goren, a former chief rabbi of Israel and of the Israeli armed forces. "This would be an order against the commandments of the Torah.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1994
It was with profound sorrow that I read The Times article titled, "Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Calls on Jews to Kill Arafat" (June 9). I once had the pleasure 30-plus years ago--it was a pleasure then--to interview Rabbi Shlomo Goren in Los Angeles. In those days he fell into the normal range of religionists, a range that includes the very liberal to the very fundamental, but not so liberal or so fundamental to act as if they were God and not God's humble servants. In his earlier period, Rabbi Goren was an Orthodox rabbi whose rulings were tempered by the fact that he served in the military whose command and personnel had special needs to make secure the new state of Israel.
NEWS
August 14, 1993 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lev Peisakhov came to Israel three years ago as a Jew returning to his religious homeland. He joined the army as a Jew called to military service, and when he was killed by Palestinian gunmen last week, he was praised as a Jew who had given his life for his people. But when Peisakhov, 20, a Russian immigrant from Azerbaijan, was buried, it was on the very edge of the military cemetery in Bet Shean.
NEWS
February 13, 1993 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The election next week of Israel's two chief rabbis has turned into such a mudslinging campaign--including charges of womanizing, bribery and dirty politicking--that even the country's secular majority is now more scandalized than amused by the way its religious leaders are chosen. "We are shocked and disgusted at the depths to which the so-called election campaign for the chief rabbinate has sunk," a group of 29 leading rabbis declared this week.
OPINION
January 9, 1994 | Stephen Games, Stephen Games is a contributing writer to the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and a former British Press Award winner.
As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators limp from Oslo to Versailles to Cairo, some comfort can be taken in the fact that at least both parties agree that the only way to achieve their goals is by talking. But as the bargaining continues, another more problematic dialogue is not taking place--that between Israelis and Israelis. While supporters of the peace accord talk of an integration of both societies within a no-longer dysfunctional Middle East, objectors feel stifled.
OPINION
January 21, 2001 | DAVID N. MYERS and CHAIM SEIDLER-FELLER, David N. Myers is a professor of Jewish history at UCLA. Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller is the director of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Jewish Life at UCLA
Time ran out on President Clinton's efforts. It appears that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak will leave office before achieving an enduring and comprehensive agreement in the Middle East. The prospects for peace that seemed so bright just months ago now seem tragically dim. Perhaps a period of lowered expectation will allow the parties to proceed anew at a more deliberate pace toward the ultimate goal.
NEWS
December 20, 1993 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A leading Israeli rabbi on Sunday urged the country's soldiers to disobey any orders to remove Jewish settlers from the West Bank, Gaza Strip or Golan Heights or to take other forceful actions against them, asserting that God wants them there and that the government would be wrong to move them. "The soldiers must refuse this order," declared Rabbi Shlomo Goren, a former chief rabbi of Israel and of the Israeli armed forces. "This would be an order against the commandments of the Torah.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1994 | JACK MILES, Jack Miles, a member of The Times editorial board, is completing a book on God as the literary protagonist of the Bible.
On Dec. 19, Rabbi Shlomo Goren, a former chief rabbi of Israel and of the Israeli armed forces, urged the country's soldiers to disobey any orders to remove Jewish settlers from the West Bank, Gaza Strip or Golan Heights. "The soldiers must refuse this order," Goren asserted. "Any order that contradicts the law of Moses is a rebellion against Moses, against Torah, against Judaism and against the Almighty, and it must, absolutely must, be rejected and refused."
NEWS
June 30, 1994 | MICHAEL PARKS and KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After weeks of hesitation, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat announced Wednesday that he will visit the Gaza Strip and West Bank town of Jericho this weekend, a historic return inaugurating the new Palestinian Authority that now governs the regions after 27 years of Israeli occupation. "I am coming!" Arafat excitedly told Nabil Shaath, now the authority's senior minister in the Gaza Strip, in a pre-dawn telephone call from the Tunis, Tunisia, headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
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