The Jewish proposal for lasting peace
MD, Nov 27, '07 -- Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, spokesman
for Neturei Karta International, explained his organization's
nuanced response to the current Mideast peace conference
and the goals of the group's demonstration to be
held today in Annapolis MD.
one hand, we are sympathetic to all efforts that
to alleviate, even some small measure, of the
people's suffering, as well as of the Jewish people.
The authors of the present peace proposal,
sincerely committed to the lessening the Palestinians'
and the suffering of the Jews living in the
Land. And this meeting might serve as a beginning
towards an ultimate solution."
the real problem here goes far deeper than the initiative's
authors are aware. It is true that a path must be
sought to alleviate the suffering of all peoples in
the Middle East. Yet, that path lies in acceptance
of Torah teachings (Jewish law) and true justice."
Jewish people are in a state of divinely ordained
exile, since the destruction of the Jewish Temple,
some 2000 years ago. We are expressly forbidden to:
1) attempt to leave exile, i.e. to have our own State,
2) to go up en masse to the Holy Land, 3) to rebel
against any nation."
means, that Jews are required to be loyal citizens
in every country in which they live. Force of arms
and violence against any people, including in the
Holy Land, is forbidden.
that the end of the Jewish exile, would come about,
via miraculous Divine means and usher
the peaceful salvation of all mankind. It will be
time of universal peace and brotherhood, in service
One God. Redemption from exile, never meant
materialistic 'State of Israel'."
is insensitive to this ancient Jewish belief. It is
also oblivious, to the suffering that it has created
for Palestinian and Jew, alike."
current proposals are certainly well intentioned and
rooted in sincere humanistic concerns. Yet, it is
flawed, for it refuses to recognize, not only the
Palestinian right of return, but the Palestinian people's
just claim to sovereignty, in the entirety of their
ancestral homeland, which is their right according
to the Torah."
is for this reason, as well as the aforementioned
basic theological teachings, that bring us to demonstrate
Weiss added that he respected the "efforts
and sentiments of those who organized this Mideast
peace conference." "Nonetheless," he
concluded, "If the Torah solution is unheeded,
these efforts are doomed to long term failure, for
any other path, violates the Divine Rule and runs
counter to fundamental Torah claims of justice."
fervently pray for an end to the suffering of the
Palestinians and Jews and to the suffering of people,
worldwide. We pray for the speedy and peaceful dismantlement
of the entire state of "Israel". Ultimately, we beseech
the Almighty to hasten the day when the entire
world will recognize the One G-d and serve Him in
harmony and brotherhood, with no coercion whatsoever.
Free the entire Holy Land from the Zionist State of "Israel"