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11. I heard that the Orthodox Jews are very much devoted to the State of Israel; my question is this, can we say this about all of them?

 

 

No, we cannot affirm that all the Orthodox Jews are very much devoted to the State of Israel, because while the Lubavitch and other Orthodox groups are very much devoted to the Jewish State because they see in its rebirth the beginning of the messianic redemption, there are some Orthodox groups, such as Satmar (a Chassidic sect) and Neturei Karta (Aramaic word which means ‘the keepers of the city’) which are hostile to the Jewish State.

The members of Satmar are hostile to the State of Israel because they regard it as the fruit of the human pride, that is to say, an usurpation of the prerogative belonging to God. According to them, the Jews must wait for the Messiah because it is through him that God will re-establish the State of Israel. To the members of Satmar, the existence of the State of Israel is the cause of the delay of the coming of the Messiah and of all the misfortunes which befell the Jews during the twentieth century.

The Neturei Karta, who acknowledge the head of Satmar as their religious guide (therefore the reasons why they are hostile to the Jewish State are the same as those of Satmar) and live mainly in the Quarter Mea Sche’arim of Jerusalem, refuse to pay taxes, to vote, and to have an Israelian passport.

On the 29th of November 1947, the day on which the United Nations approved the partition of Palestine in two states, that is, the Jewish State and the Arab State, the Jews who lived in Jerusalem went out of their houses into the streets and squares and began to sing, to dance and to toast, while the Neturei Karta plunged into mourning.

 

 

 

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