Traditional Jews Question Evangelical Support of 'Israel'

Aug 23, 2007, 01:00 ET from True Torah Jews

    BROOKLYN, N.Y., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recent claims by
 Evangelical Christians that the State of Israel is the fulfillment of a
 biblical prophecy and the upcoming series on Christian Zionists airing on
 CNN beginning this week has caused great alarm among many in the
 traditional Jewish community.
     Torah-true Jews feel that these Christians' sympathy is misplaced. They
 are putting their resources into strengthening Jewish settlements in the
 West Bank, which in reality is a battlefield where many Jews have lost
 their lives. Traditional Jews believe in the Talmudic teaching that one
 should not "put all the eggs in one box." G-d did the Jewish people a
 kindness when He scattered them around the world; bringing all Jews to one
 place only endangers them and is no blessing.
     We are commanded by the prophet Jeremiah (29:7), "Seek the peace of the
 city where I have exiled you, and pray to G-d on its behalf, for with its
 peace you will have peace." The Jewish people can be redeemed from exile
 only by Divine redemption; only then can there be world peace.
     The often-quoted verse, "And I will bless those who bless you" (Genesis
 12:3), means that all people in the world should bless and befriend the
 Jews if they want to earn G-d's favor. Historically, those gentiles who
 welcomed Jews into their country and allowed them freedom to practice the
 Torah and full rights were considered friends of the Jews. Anti-Semites
 were those who expelled Jews from their country and wanted them elsewhere.
 "Gentiles who wish to merit G-d's blessing are encouraged to continue being
 good neighbors to the Jews in their home countries, not send them off to
 the State of Israel," said Rabbi Hersh Lowenthal of True Torah Jews.
     Additional information concerning the position of the Anti-Zionist
 Orthodox Jews may be found at
     True Torah Jews is dedicated to informing the world and in particular
 the American public and politicians that all Jews do not support the
 ideology of the Zionist state called "Israel" which is diametrically
 opposite to the teachings of traditional Judaism. We are concerned that the
 widespread misconception that all Jews support the Zionist state and its
 actions endangers Jews worldwide.

SOURCE True Torah Jews