I remember hearing that the
Baba Sali very suddenly decided to move away from Yavneh.
Does anyone know the story of what exactly occurred?
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According to this article in Hamodia he left abruptly because another rabbi said something disparaging about the Ba'al Shem Tov, and he felt he couldn't live in the same city as that rabbi.
The Baba Sali settled at first in Yavneh, but after a certain Rav there made a disrespectful statement about the Baal Shem Tov, he packed his bags the very same day and moved to Ashkelon, saying that he couldn't live in the same city as that Rav. In 5730/1979, the Baba Sali moved to Netivot, where he lived for the rest of his life.