The Political World of American Zionism

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appendix II
POLICY ON PALESTINE ADOPTED BY THE GREAT RABBINICAL COUNCIL OF THE AGUDAS ISRAEL WORLD ORGANIZATION-- 1937 (36 ELUL 5697)

Source: Jacob Rosenheim, Agudist World Problems ( New York, [ 1941 ]),
p. 16
.

1. The Rabbinical Council declares:
Our holy land has been granted to us from the master of the world by a sworn eternal covenant, in order to observe in this land the laws and prescriptions of the Torah and to live there a life in the spirit of the Torah. Thus the Jewish people is forever linked to this land with all the fibres of her soul.
Having been expelled on account of our sins from our country G'd has promised us by our holy prophets that He will release us again through the Messiah. The belief in this promise is one of the fundamental principles of the Jewish religion, obligatory for every Jewish person.
The right of the Jewish nation to our holy land has therefore its basis in our holy Torah and in the guarantees given by the prophets as the envoys of G'd.
The existence of a Jewish state is possible only if the law of the Torah is acknowledged as the constitutional basis of the state, and the sovereignty of the Torah is dominating the administration.
A Jewish state that is not based on the foundation of the Torah would mean a denial of Jewish history and of the true essence of Jewish nationality and would destroy the basis of national life.
The Rabbinical Council declares in the spirit of Torah that neither negotiations nor decisions concerning the future of Eretz Israel, the inheritance of the whole of Israel, can be considered as legitimate, unless representatives, duly authorized by organized orthodox Jewry, take their part in these negotiations and decisions. Any negotiations without the cooperation of the representatives of orthodox Jewry are a challenge to justice and morality.

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