True Torah Jews: Keep 'Israel' Out of American Election Politics

Mar 05, 2008, 00:00 ET from True Torah Jews

    NEW YORK, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the election draws
 nearer, political debates and rhetoric increase. True Torah Jews are
 disturbed by the frequent references by politicians to the need for
 involvement in Israeli politics. The politics and policies of the so-called
 "state of Israel" should play no part in governing the United States or in
 our upcoming elections. Rather, the focus should be on the needs of the
 American people. Jews in the United States are United States citizens and
 are as concerned with improving the lives of the American people as any
 other American citizens. Our politicians should be addressing the many
 problems we are facing here in the United States, not in the "state of
     "We are American Jews, not Israelis. Like any other voters, Jewish
 voters will vote for politicians whose policies they believe are right for
 America," said Rabbi Hersh Lowenthal.
     In an effort to bolster their popularity, politicians continually
 expound on their support for the "state of Israel", thinking that this will
 sway the Jewish vote. But on the contrary, dragging the problems in
 "Israel" into American politics and constantly focusing on the Jews is
 counter-productive. It fuels anti-Semitism, furthers conflicts, and creates
 a potential danger to Jews worldwide.
     This has been a basic norm of the Torah faith ever since the
 destruction of the holy Temple in Jerusalem and the exile of the Jewish
 people some two thousand years ago. The great Biblical prophet, Jeremiah,
 proclaimed G-d's message to all of Diaspora Jewry: "Seek out the welfare of
 the city to which I have exiled you and pray for it to the Almighty, for
 through its welfare will you have welfare." (29:7). this message has been a
 cornerstone of Jewish conduct in exile throughout history.
     As Jews, we must be ever mindful of the needs of our Jewish brethren,
 wherever they may live. But the belligerent attitude of the American
 Zionist groups only endangers the welfare of Jews in the Holy Land as well
 as worldwide.

SOURCE True Torah Jews