Mr. Ilan, Haredim may not be Political Zionists, but . . . - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Zev Davis
    • 16.02.10 | 16:48 (IST)

    Who says Haredim are not Zionists! Ben-Gurion considered any Jew who came to live in the Land of Israel was, by definition, a Zionist. The Old Yishuv, that dates back from the fourteeth century was populated by Jews who weren't concerned who "ruled the land" for the meantime. They were going live here no matter what. Haredim question secular values just as Secularists question Traditional Jewish values. How about a dialogue. Isn't that Zionism, albeit in a earlier day. Petach Tikvah as promoted by a Haredi journalist. Rosh Pina was promoted by the Elders of Safed, also Haredim. The Jews who rebuilt Tiberias in 1721 were Haredim. Granted the Haredi approach to Judaism is a little more "traditional". Some people disagree with aspects of Jewish tradition, but . . . that doesn't mean you have to trash them on the pages of HaAretz!

    from the article: Shahar Ilan / Ultra-Orthodox parties are Judaism's greatest enemies
    First published 03:10 16.02.10 | Last updated 17:38 16.02.10
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