Jerusalem – Torah Is Israeli Deed To Land, Bennett Tells Orthodox Gathering


    File: Naftali Bennett, head of Israel's Jewish Home party, speaks during a meeting of the Bait Yehudi Party in Jerusalem. EPA/ABIR SULTANJerusalem – The Bible give’s Israel the right to the land of Israel and Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett told an international gathering of Rabbis in Jerusalem on Monday.

    One hundred and thirty Orthodox Rabbis from forty two countries attended the conference to discuss anti-Semitism and other challenges facing their diverse communities. The annual conference, organized by the World Zionist Organization, this year dealt with the theme of “unity of the Jewish people in times of crisis,” including such issues as assimilation and communal security.

    “The unity of the Jewish people in times of crisis is our theme,” said conference organizer Rabbi Yechiel Wasserman, who heads the WZO’s Center for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora.

    “We gather in Jerusalem…in order to emphasize the centrality of Israel in the life of Jews in the Diaspora and discuss ways of dealing with the waves of anti-Semitism in the world,” he added.

    The conference was opened Isak Haleva, the Chief Rabbi of Turkey alongside Jerusalem city Rabbi Aryeh Stern.

    Haleva’s presence is notable given the high level of tension between Israel and Turkey in recent years.

    Turkey’s community is known for its policy of studied silence. Despite high profile figures, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, having made statements construed by many as anti-Semitic, the community has dug in and parries all inquiries from the media.  Sixty-nine percent of Turks harbor anti-Semitic attitudes, according to a recent ADL poll.

    Two of the primary focuses during Monday’s meeting were the security of French Jewry, which has deteriorated severely in recent years with anti-Semitic violence becoming increasingly common, and the challenges, such as assimilation, of living in open western societies.

    Speaking at the conference, Bennet -who heads the national religious Bayit Yehudi party, which, according to a recent poll, may secure seventeen Knesset seats in the upcoming election- said that members of the diplomatic corps have been coming to meet with him because their countries “want to figure out who this guy is.”

    In a conversation with an Arab diplomatic, Bennett told the assembled Rabbis, he was exhorted to support a Palestinian state and replied by taking down a Bible from his shelf and said that he was not influenced by public opinion on the issue.

    “Public opinion isn’t my compass, the Torah is my compass. For three thousand years the land of Israel has belonged to the Jewish people,” he said.

    Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post

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    8 years ago

    No, Torah is not his guide, Torah is his angle. If Torah was his guide, he would not be pursuing Jews who learn and live Torah. Insuring his place in government is his only guide.

    8 years ago

    One may not agree with all of MK Bennett’s positions, but his answer from the Torah about our right to Artzeinu HaKodesh is the only right, truthful answer. This answer is exactly what the Rebbe emphasized so many times. The more that our right to the land from the Torah it is repeated, the more strength we will have and the more weakness will accrue to detractors.

    8 years ago

    btw in two places the Koran affirms the right of the B’nei Yisroel to eretz Yisroel

    8 years ago

    Well that settles that then! All we have to do now is explain to a billion people that the Jews have a deed to the land and we can all get back to minding our own business.