Israel is a Dangerous Place for Jews: Orthodox Rabbi

By Gamal Khattab December 31, 2023 4110

 

An Unconventional Perspective

Elhanan Beck, an Orthodox rabbi  has made a surprising claim: Israel is the most dangerous place for Jews in the world. This might sound strange, considering that Israel was established as a safe haven for Jewish people. So, why does Rabbi Beck believe this?

Security Concerns

Rabbi Beck argues that Israel has failed to provide adequate security for Jews, making it a dangerous place for them. He believes that Muslims have historically saved Jews from persecution and that Jews can live peacefully in Muslim countries. In fact, he points out that Jews currently live in peace and security in various Muslim nations.

Anti-Zionism and Genocide

Rabbi Beck is a member of the anti-Zionist Jewish movement called Neturei Karta. He believes that Zionism, the movement that led to the establishment of Israel, is a betrayal of God. He also criticizes Israeli attacks on Gaza, calling them a tool for genocide.

The Role of Muslims

Rabbi Beck emphasizes the positive role that Muslims have played in Jewish history. He believes that Muslims have saved Jews from persecution in many parts of the world. He argues that the claims of Muslims wanting to exterminate Jews are baseless and denies accusations of Muslim anti-Semitism. He points to Jewish communities in Muslim countries like Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Iran, Turkey, and Yemen as evidence of peaceful coexistence.

Controversial Figures

Rabbi Beck does not hold back when it comes to criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He even goes as far as saying that he does not consider Netanyahu a Jew. He accuses Netanyahu of committing or legitimizing genocide and violating Jewish religious practices.

On the other hand, Rabbi Beck defends former British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn against accusations of anti-Semitism. He believes that Corbyn is a good friend of the Jewish people and that his opposition to Israel's occupation of Palestine should not be mistaken for anti-Semitism.

The Conflict in Palestine

Rabbi Beck argues that the conflict in Palestine did not begin with a recent Hamas attack, but rather dates back to May 15, 1948, known as the Nakba. He believes that Israeli policies have contributed to the ongoing conflict and calls on world leaders to reconsider their support for Israel.

A Different Perspective

Rabbi Beck's views might be unconventional, but they offer a unique perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His sect, Neturei Karta, does not support the two-state solution and believes in the liberation of Palestine from the river to the sea. However, he clarifies that this does not mean harming or deporting Jews, but rather allowing them to continue their lives peacefully, as they do in other Islamic countries.

Source: Anadolu Agency