Will Neturei Karta leave Israel?

Extreme anti-Zionist haredi group angry over Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Neturei Karta in Meah Shearim
Neturei Karta in Meah Shearim
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The 'Neturei Karta' faction has threatened that its members may leave Israel as a result of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.

Neturei Karta is a small, extremist haredi faction which opposes the existence of a Jewish state. The faction's support for the government of Iran in its calls for the destruction of Israel and for terrorist groups have led to its ostracization by the wider haredi community.

The sect had campaigned against the president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Yoel 'Yoelish' Kraus, an anti-Zionist figure with ties to the Neturei Karta movement, told the Kikar Hashabbat Hebrew news site that the sect may "consider leaving the country" in light of the president's decision.

"The Satmar Rebbe said that once they feel that it is impossible to live here as a haredi Jew, then they must flee from here. As long as that point was not reached, they could stay. And they kept saying, 'another year.' and then 'another year,' and they said that the situation had not yet reached the breaking point. But if there is recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, then we have reached the breaking point. It cannot get any worse.

Kauss continued: "It's not just a declaration. It will have a lot of ramifications. There are all kinds of things that can be done only in Jerusalem and that is why the embassy will be transferred. After all, what is the debate about? The very recognition of Israel as a state has implications."

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Hirsch, one of the leaders of the Neturei Karta sect, refused to comment on the faction's response to the relocation of the embassy until the the move actually occurs.








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