The Possibility Of A European Jewish Homeland

By Chandrashekar (Chandra) Tamirisa, (On Twitter) @c_tamirisa

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God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. Throughout your generations every male among you shall be circumcised when he is eight days old, including the slave born in your house and the one bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring. Both the slave born in your house and the one bought with your money must be circumcised. So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.

Genesis 17:9-14

I had written about 2 years ago some suggestions to solve the Israeli-Palestinian problem. The current events in Egypt and the difficulty of achieving accommodation among multiple faiths in the region in the near term, makes working toward my solution of returning to Greater Israel or Palestine of antiquity, a secular nation that is politically inclusive of both the Jews, Arabs and Muslims, not an immediate possibility.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as the Quartet (United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia) Representative to the Middle East in 2007, has been attempting to take the approach I had suggested since his retirement from British politics. He had even begun teaching at Harvard University about interfaith dialog as the only means to lasting peace in the cradle of civilization. However, the political realities of bridging the gap between everyday life burdened by the injuries of history and the theological convergence of the messages of the faiths can be a tortuous process and requires individuals from all walks of life committed to that cause. Learning from the past while also overcoming the hurts to forgive but not forget so as not to repeat history is the only way toward achieving mutual accommodation.

The three intractable problems in making the two state Zionist Israel – Palestine solution happen have been: (a) the withdrawal of Israel from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights; (b) the passage of Palestinians between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip through Israel; and (c) the status of Jerusalem.

Significant progress has been made to carve out Biblical land for the Zionist state since its founding in 1948.  Today’s Israeli borders represent a geopolitical equilibrium, but for the status of Jerusalem to a large extent, and Golan Heights to a small extent. Israel can withdraw from the Golan Heights, the Gaza strip and the West Bank. And must be asked to do so unequivocally by the United Kingdom and the European Union, the very powers that were instrumental in the creation of the state without also creating a Palestinian state at the same time when that opportunity did indeed exist, for Israel has been created as a consequence of World War II, with the roots of the idea going back to Theodor Herzl in Germany in the 19th century.

The two state solution of a democratic Zionist Israel and a democratic Islamic Palestine, with minority Arabs and Muslims in Israel and minority Jews in Palestine is a workable solution and peace can be kept to stabilize those borders, just as peace had been kept to both create and safeguard the Israeli borders since 1948. The regional and international commitment to do so must exist for the new Palestinian state just as it exists for Israel.

Israel cannot, however, withdraw from Jerusalem nor is it fair to expect it to.  The shining city on the hill has always been Jewish. However, that it is also claimed by Christians and Muslims is a testament to the faiths Judaism has begotten over time. Christianity has its homelands in Athens (Greek Orthodoxy), Moscow (Slavic Orthodoxy), Rome (Catholicism) and London (Anglicanism). Islam has its home in Saudi Arabia in Mecca and Medinah and in Tehran. Jerusalem represents a confluence of faiths since Abraham, giving it a natural status that encompasses both Israel and the rest at the same time. Therefore, it must become a city-state similar to the Vatican.

The Temple must be and can be rebuilt to co-exist with the Dome of the Rock, for the two true Abrahamic faiths are Judaism and Islam, whose god is YHWH or ALLAH, since Abraham began circumcising all the males.

It is Europe’s and Israel’s choice, given the predominantly pan-European demographics of Israel from the UK (and United States) in the West to Russia in the East, if Israel is to consider economic integration into the European Union (EU) and the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) instead of Turkey’s accession to the EU and EMU (NATO being a defunct institution, Turkey’s NATO membership is inconsequential).

Turkey and Egypt will serve well as anchor countries of the emerging Islamic world together with Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq in the region and Indonesia in the east.

Israel belongs where it was brutally expelled from by the Holocaust: in Europe, but across from the Mediterranean.


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3 Responses to The Possibility Of A European Jewish Homeland

  1. coastcontact says:

    Writing as a NON-ZIONIST you obviously do not understand Jews. I am a Jew.

    I cannot give you the chapter and verse but Jews believe the land of Israel was given to them by God. That settles the question of re-locating Israel. You are reflecting the same opinion as Helen Thomas.

    Have you heard the expression “the wandering Jew?” A little history would help you understand that Jews were forced to move throughout the world to survive. It was not their choice. Are you familiar with 1492? Apparently not! I personally know two people whose families escaped Nazi Germany in 1938 or 1939 by traveling across Asia to China. That is the place those two people (not related to each other) were born. They subsequently migrated to America. A third Jew that I know was born in Egypt. She along with her family immigrated to Japan after they were told to “get out” in the 1950s. Her family then immigrated to Brazil and ultimately to the United States.

    As to me, I love America because it is the land of opportunity and freedom. Unless that situation changes I won’t be moving anywhere!

    • All Jews are not Zionists. All Zionists may not be Jews either. Sometimes this statement may defy logic as taught in law schools but similar statements can apply to all notions of identity for it is in our capacity as human beings to transcend identity which is but a flux that also gives us the capacity to empathize. Migration is a legal human right. We are all wanderers and we have been since we left Africa. The Jews are welcome anywhere, but we all also came from somewhere. My intent was not to ask Jews to leave for Israel, but to end their geopolitical exile unless the very idea of having a Jewish homeland ironically offends Zionist sentiments, because Israel can also be a land of opportunity and freedom. The Neil Damond song “Coming to America” from the movie The Jazz Singer is a song that I enjoy a great deal, but I think history is poised at a point where Coming to America must be as sweet as returning home. This is the point of my firm, Transformations LLC, whose blog I write.

      Theologically, however, the exile from Eden does not end in the toil of the perpetuation of the species.

  2. RKRAO says:

    Arab Israeli conflict is less to do with history and theology and more to do with toxic human mind. Human mind is the most toxic in the world. It doesn’t let you think correctly. Right from a child we do not enjoy sharing and caring. Sharing and caring are totally absent in the world of politics. Every one thinks from their points of view and fail to reach solutions amicable to all. Who has prevented jews from freeing the people of Palestine from the world’s largest open jail? Why does US not impose democracy on Saudi Arabia? Why are US, Israel and EU are silent when the gains of Egypt’s spring are reversed. Problems of the world are due to lack of global democracy. Colonial powers that looted the world are still holding veto in the UNSC the only body in the UN with any powers worth talking about. 400 trillions of India’s wealth has been transferred to Britain, and 4 million Indians died in a callous management of partition by the British. Hundreds of thousands died in famines and thousands of women and children were shot dead. India had no other way but non-violence to gain independence. Is India independent? India and Pakistan together are in another open jail with almost a billion people locked up in eternal poverty. They don’t know that they are missing. The problems of Israel are to do with human mind. Unless humanism and spirituality get in to the world of politics these clever crooks would pit one against the other.

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