Gingrich Comments on Zionist Claim to Jerusalem

Jan. 3, 2012

The following is from AP.

WALFORD, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says the Jewish people have a biblical claim to Jerusalem.

At a campaign stop on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Gingrich said anyone who reads the Bible knows that "Jerusalem is by definition the city of David."

The former House speaker said it's that history, and the Jewish people's survival over the past 2,000 years, that made it appropriate to restore Israel as a modern Jewish state. Gingrich said there were few people then in what would become Israel, and they called themselves Arabs rather than Palestinians.

He also said recent Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel show that the Mideast peace process is "phony."

Our comment:

We would appreciate it if, before people made assertions as to what the Jewish people claims based on the Bible, they would stop to ask how religious Jews, who actually believe in and practice the Bible's laws most strictly, interpret it. In this case, the vast majority of rabbinic authorities say that the Jewish people's sovereignty over Jerusalem in the times of King David has no bearing on today. Ever since the destruction of the Temple 2000 years ago, Jews have been in exile by Divine decree, and can emerge from that exile only through Divine intervention with the coming of the messiah, when there will peace among all of humanity.

In fact, the almost miraculous survival of the Jewish people over the past 2000 years of exile shows that G-d is watching over us in exile, and so this is actually the strongest argument that Jews should continue to live in exile, in accordance to G-d's wishes, until He decides to end that exile. During exile, Jews may live anywhere in the world, including the Holy Land, but only without Jewish sovereignty.

Furthermore, we appeal to all politicians involved in the current presidential campaign to avoid using the Torah and the claims of pro-Israeli activists to gain them votes, for two reasons: 1) These claims have no basis in fact. 2) We are concerned that the association of Jews and Judaism with the Israeli conflict and policies can pose a threat to Jewish safety here in America, as well as throughout the world.