I posted this comment on Facebook as well:
We will hear three species of responses to this story in the next few days. From the religious Zionist rabbis, we will hear denials, claims the rabbis in this case were misunderstood, etc. (Privately, of course, they will condemn whoever recorded the exchanges and leaked them to the press.) From mainstream and liberal Zionists, we will hear indignant exclamations to the effect that this isn’t Judaism — uttered in the complacent knowledge that no one takes their religious sentiments seriously in the first place, so that their denunciations are sure to have no effect whatever.
And then — most significantly, I think — there will be the deafening silence of the haredi and “mainstream” Orthodox rabbinate, which will behave as if nothing had happened. The same rabbis who would be publicly fuming — and instructing their followers to take to the streets — if Orthodox rabbis were taped making statements that, say, permitted the use of i-phones on Shabbath or called for compulsory conscription for all haredim, will sit back and twiddle their thumbs, commenting (privately) that these rabbis don’t belong to their communities anyway, so what’s the big deal?
Hypocrisy is the least of their sins. Whether they admit it or not, haredi communities are heavily involved in Israeli government policy and inextricably tied to the occupation, which of course is the reality that drives the teaching of Judeo-Nazism. And their rabbis are complicit in every murder, every piece of land theft, every act of ethnic cleansing — because they benefit from all of it. The rabbis take their government handouts, accept the preferential treatment they receive in exchange for their communities’ numbers — and for not rocking the boat — and complacently move their followers into stolen West Bank territory where the cost of living is lower, thus enabling the haredi rank and file to stay away from gainful employment and to sink ever deeper under the rabbis’ control.
You cannot be an accomplice and deny responsibility. You cannot eat at the table of criminals and say you have nothing to do with them. You cannot profit from systematic crime and then insist on your right to remain silent about it. If you do, you’ve betrayed your religion no less than the Judeo-Nazis you affect to despise.
This, in a word, is what’s wrong with today’s Orthodoxy. And American rabbis are no better; when they remain silent it’s because they’re afraid of offending their congregations — as they would, of course, if they were to speak even a few honest words about the violence and apartheid of the Israeli State. So between cowardice, hypocrisy, and self-imposed blindness, our “leaders” drift and drift — while the only ones bothering to hold real opinions are the admirers of Hitler who should never have been allowed into the rabbinate in the first place. Honest Judeo-Nazis are revolting, but — to me at least — somewhat less so than the hypocritical hangers-on and Laodiceans who call themselves rabbis and can’t even muster the spirit to call these monstrous heretics by their right names.