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Is the power of Zionism being exaggerated?

May 21, 2008

Dear Rabbi,

I hope, you are well.
As you remember, we've done a interview with you last year (04-01-2007) on behalf of from Turkey.

Now, I'm trying to prepare a article about zionism again.
Therefore, I kindly would like to ask you a question.

My Question is ; Do the power of zionism is being exaggerate ? 0f so, what do you thing, can it be one of the rules of psychological war against the true jews and muslims..

I'll be very happy if you could answer my question

Thanks in advance

Best Regards
Peren Birsaygili

This is in reponse to your question: Is the power of Zionism being exaggerated?

Yes, I would say it is. I will first address the problem within the Jewish world and then the problem in the world at large. In the Jewish world, all English-language and most Hebrew-language newspapers are controlled by the Zionists. Among Orthodox Jewish newspapers, some will call themselves Zionists and others will not use that word, but in practice all of them are hawkish supporters of the Zionist State and its most right-wing elements. However, among the readership there is a wide range of views, and many of the Torah-scholar community dont believe in the state at all. Yet they continue to buy these newspapers because of the other non-political material in them the domestic articles, articles about Jews in different places, Torah explanations, advertisements and so on. So on the surface it appears that Zionism is a powerful movement and everyone belongs to it, but in reality it's just the views of a few journalists who went into the business of publishing a Jewish newspaper. In reality there are a lot of other Jews whose views aren't being represented.

(On the other hand, most Yiddish-language newspapers are openly against Zionism.)

In the world at large, the power of Zionism is exaggerated because this relatively new political movement is looked at as something that has always been there and will always be there. Both Zionists and non-Zionists, Jews and non-Jews contribute to this impression. The Zionist Jews build it up by claiming that their state is the modern fulfillment of G-d's promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, a continuation of the ancient Jewish kingdom, the answer to all Jewish prayers, as old as the Jewish people itself. Christian Zionists like U.S. President Bush also contribute to that impression in his recent Knesset speech Bush referred to the Zionist state as "the redemption of an ancient promise given to Abraham and Moses and David". Shimon Peres told Bush that the Zionist state is "3000 years old and going on 60". Anti-Semites strengthen this idea by spreading the lie that Jews have always been intent on world domination and thus the Zionist state, as well as the Zionist influence on American and European policy, is only natural.

In truth, however, this is a short-sighted misimpression. Jews have always seen their national destiny as controlled by G-d. In ancient times we had a kingdom because G-d gave it to us, and nowadays we are in exile because G-d wants us to be in exile. This notion that Jews can emancipate themselves is very new. Furthermore, it is heresy from a Torah viewpoint, and therefore I don't think it will last much longer. Heretical movements have arisen before among the Jewish people, but they tend to die out quickly, because their adherents cannot continue for many generations. True Judaism contains many mechanisms to ensure its continuity: family lifecycle events, intense schooling for children, distinctive dress and diet and so on. Usually heretical movements break with some or all of these laws and thus their grandchildren or great-grandchildren often do not even know they are Jewish.

In the case of the State of Israel, we are already seeing a dropping sense of identification with Zionism among the new generation. A recent survey showed that a growing number of Israelis don't feel a part of the state:

At the same time, in America, a recent survey showed that less than half of Jews under the age of 35 are comfortable with the idea of a Jewish state. The Orthodox are divided about evenly between Zionists and non-Zionists, and of course most of the Zionists do identify with the state. But that too is changing. Most of them are extremely hawkish and thus do not like the peace process that the Israeli leadership is carrying on, yet are not powerful enough to stop it. As such, they feel more and more estranged from the state.

In the near future I see the Zionist state disintegrating, to be replaced by a single democratic state for Jews and Palestinians. Most of the secular Jews will welcome this solution since they were in any case uncomfortable with the idea of a Jewish state (or with Judaism altogether). The Orthodox Zionists will lament this development but remain committed to their original goal of settling the Holy Land, albeit under a Palestinian government. And the Orthodox non-Zionists will support this since they were never supportive of the Zionist state to begin with.

So yes, this vision of an invincible Israeli state that will go on for another 60 years is misleading and wrong, and whatever the intentions of those who promote this vision, the effects are clear: it provokes anger and a sense of desperacy in the Muslim world, leading to movements that advocate violence.

I hope that your article as well as our efforts in general will help to dispel this notion and bring peace to the Middle East.

Thank you very much for your kind reply and for your support.

As Muslims, we are very glad to know the True Torah Jews like you, who're not accepting the crime to Palestine.
We hope that we will declare the world how peacefull religions are Judaism and Islam.

Muslim world is grateful to you for your efforts.

Best Regards

Peren Birsaygili