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In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate
When Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, visited Washington last week on the eve of the Purim holiday, he gave Barack Obama, the US president, what he considered a symbolic gift – a copy of the old testament book of Esther.
Netanyahu called it “background reading on Iran”, since its story concerns relations with Jews in the Persian empire some 2,500 years ago.
It is considered by scholars to be mostly fiction, but for Netanyahu Esther represented justification for his stance against modern Iran.
”Israel must reserve the right to defend itself. And after all that’s the very purpose of the Jewish state. To restore to the Jewish people control over our destiny,” Netanyahu said.
But Netanyahu’s controversial reading of history, even his fight to preserve the state of Israel, are questioned by many of Judaism’s own religious authorities.
“This is against the will of the Almighty and this is not what it means to be a Jew,” says Jewish religious scholar Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, a spokesman for “Jews against Zionism”, who believes that Israel as a state is not legitimate. He says that Zionism has created “rivers of blood” and he opposes the occupation of Palestine.
On the threat from Iran and President Ahmadinejad he says: “He gives charity to Jewish communities and he says one thing: he has a problem with the oppression of the Palestinian people. And the words “wipe out” he constantly says that Iran doesn’t have a history and he is not talking about harming anybody he says that God will not allow this crime to happen. We concur with him that Jews are in danger because there is Zionism because it says in the Tora if you rebel against God, it will not be successful and there will be catastrophic results and Zionism has brought catastrophic results and it could be much worse.”
Less words dear Rabbi, time on TV is short
The best answers to:
Are you antisemitic? -- I am a Jew!
You're a self hating Jew! -- If I was why on earth would I call myself a Jew
Iran? -- If Iran wanted to slaughter Jews, why are there 25,000 Iranian Jews who refused compensation to move to Israel.
But G-d gave the land to the Jews? -- 3,000 years ago, the same G-d then took it away. There's nothing in the Torah to say he gave it back again.
Isn't the Holocaust is reason enough for a Jewish state?-- Zionism began colonizing Palestine and calling for a State long before the Holocaust.
There isn't a Palestinian people! -- Arabs and Jews were P A LE S T I N I A N citizens for 2,000 yrs from the Roman era to 1948. The League of Nations Mandate for P A LE S T I N E was written in 1922 under which Jewish people could immigrate and apply for P A LE S T I N I A N citizenship and make their homeland P A LE S T I N E.
Herzl? -- Wasn't from the region. Never lived in the region. During his lifetime he could have moved to Palestine, bought land and settled. He didn't. . He visited only once. None of his family ever lived in Palestine or Israel.
Zionism -- The Zionist Federation wasn't formed in the region. It's members were not from the region. It wasn't even run in the region until it moved there in 1936.
Jews bought the land -- They bought a tiny amount of Palestinian 'Real Estate'. 'Real estate' is not 'territory'. 'Territory' belongs to all the citizens even if they rent or are homeless bums living under a bridge. Israel was given, completely free, 56% of Palestinian 'territory' in which Jews owned a small amount of 'real estate'.
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