Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Israeli Rabbis Prove Religion Works Better than Diplomacy in the Middle East

Left to right: a mission of good will
with MK Rabbi Nissim Zeev, Rabbi Ben Abrahamson,
Turkish Muslim teacher and author Adnan Oktar,
Geneva Chief Rabbi Dr. Izhak Dayan, and Dr. Mordechai Keda
A small group of religious Jews did it. They accomplished what Israel’s foreign ministry could not in three years of attempted diplomacy – namely, to meet with representatives from the Turkish government and attempt to heal the rifts between Turkey and Israel.

From August 15 – 17, meetings were held in Ankara and Istanbul hosting Shas MK Nissim Ze’ev, Shas deputy finance minister Yitzchak Cohen, the chief Rabbi of Geneva, Professor Mordechai Kedar of Bar Ilan University and other leaders.

This small delegation met with no less than twenty Turkish parliamentarians to discuss resolution to the flotilla incident in May 2010 and to move forward in positive Turkish – Israel relations. Four Rabbis met with, I’ll say it again, twenty members of the Turkish parliament. How did this small group of religious Jews manage diplomacy on such a large scale? -- Rivkah Goldman, Jewish Press

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