Neturei Karta: where I agree
IN RESPONSE to your recent correspondents (JC, December 22), I am only aligned with Neturei Karta in so far as we both believe that Israel’s position is untenable — but for entirely different reasons. The rationale of Neturei Karta is based on religious dogma, whilst my contention is completely pragmatic. The Jewish state as envisaged by Herzl and established under Ben Gurion has become an entirely different entity under Sharon, Olmert and the Likud.
In 1948, the Zionist pioneers worked and lived for an ideal that was forged out of the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust and European antisemitism. Those pioneers worked to make the land fruitful for the common good. And aided by the Jewish diaspora, including members of my own family, they succeeded.
However, the last decade has tragically seen the country degenerate into an occupying power that ignores international law, particularly in regard to human rights, in the pursuit of a political policy that refuses to engage constructively with the Palestinians and is therefore anathema to so many of us inside Israel and outside. Furthermore, the political process has become mired in corruption. The time has surely come for a paradigm shift. Israel is unfortunately both the focus and the excuse for international terrorism and as such, albeit unwittingly, has become a threat to world stability. Sadly, there appear to be no statesmen, or women, capable of resurrecting the dream of Herzl and Weizmann. Michael Halpern c/o Mossel Bay, South Africa