British Diplomat Asks for Leading Belz Rabbi's Blessing for Fruitful Israeli-Palestinian Talks

British Under Secretary of State Alistair Burt asked for a blessing from Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach, leader of one of the world’s largest Hasidic sects, while on 4-day visit to advance peace talks.

In an unconventional visit Tuesday at the home of one of ultra-Orthodox Judaism’s leading figures, British Under Secretary of State Alistair Burt asked for a blessing from the Belz rebbe. The British diplomat asked Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach that his efforts to restart the peace process be fruitful.