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    • Jake
    • 21.11.05 | 23:02 (IST)

    Unfortunately for your argument, those among the Jews that most emphatically reject the concept of Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank are in fact Hassidim. The fact that most Hassidim steer clear of Zionism and political involvement with Israel should not be taken to mean that they oppose the existence of the State per se or that they advocate a Palestinian state. The Satmars are a large Hassidic group that technically do not recognize the validity of the Israeli political state (although many have made aliya, and many of the rank and file sympathize with Israel, despite the leadership), but they have abandoned the practice of calling for Israel's destruction. They were part of the pan-Haredi condemnation of Neturei Karta when it held a prayer vigil for Arafat when he was dying in Paris. Furthermore, Neturei Karta solarity meeting with Hezbollah and Hamas leaders in Lebanon, as well as their 'chief rabbi' having been found to be on Arafat's payroll, seems to have earned the group prime real estate in Dante's inferno.

    from the article: A still-stained UN
    First published 00:00 21.11.05 | Last updated 00:00 21.11.05
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