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Divisions in the Jewish Community—Talking About Jerusalem (KCET’s Life & Times, December 12, 2007)


Val Zavala>> Another round of Middle East peace talks is underway and some believe that it's time to talk about the possibility of sharing or dividing Jerusalem, but that issue is controversial even in southern California's Jewish communities, as we found out around our Kitchen Table.

For a discussion about Jerusalem and peace talk strategy, we brought together UCLA Hillel Director, Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, together with the Jewish Journal columnist, David Suissa. And kicking off our conversation is David Lehrer of CommUnity Advocates.

David Lehrer>> The past few weeks have witnessed a very heated discussion within the Jewish community locally and a little bit nationally about an Orthodox Rabbi who wrote an Op Ed and then gave a sermon about the right of the Israelis to talk about the sharing of Jerusalem when negotiations come to that point. What's your take on it, Chaim? I know you have fairly strong views on this subject.

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller>> First of all, I think that what is rational is always appropriate. Everybody would agree that the idea of sharing is something rational, in fact. It's written into my understanding of the founding of the state of Israel. It's a principle that needs to be discussed. In terms of achieving a peace with Palestinians and the Arab world, we are actually returning to the partition agreement. This is in part a component of that.

Secondly, the Orthodox community has lined up rather militantly in its opposition to any compromise. In fact, there's a campaign that was being waged that occasioned the Rabbi's response. He was asked to sign a document that Jerusalem would never be divided. He was only responding and saying we can't say that.

To say it never would be divided would mean we are willing, that is, we Jews, for the sake of our religious principle, to become an obstacle to any possible compromise that could lead to a peace with our neighbors which is a dream of the state of Israel. Is that appropriate for the community to be an obstacle?

David Lehrer>> David, is it?

David Suissa>> Well, you know, there are many voices in the Jewish community and I'm proud of all those voices. I think there's a place for all the voices. So when we talk about disputing and having disagreements, there's an enormous amount of voices, especially in Israel, that go against the Orthodox voices that you talk about that talk about no compromise.

So I think that's part of the condition of the Jewish world. Everyone plays a different instrument. The Orthodox instrument in this case is that we're dealing with an opposing party that has not shown a genuine interest in peace, that has not shown a genuine interest in concessions.

I think there is a huge group, and I count myself among them. You know, I call it the group of Jews, we wish we were wrong Jews, who are desperate for peace, who want peace as much as any peace now left wing Jew. We want peace. We just think, at this point, it's not a smart negotiating technique to sort of show your cards.

David Lehrer>> So you're saying that it's not smart negotiating and you don't say it's a violation of religious ethics or principle?

David Suissa>> No. I have respect for the view that says it's a violation. One of the reasons I do is because the Christian churches, the Jewish synagogues were totally pilloried for years and decades until, you know, the Jews took over Jerusalem and made it a free city for all the religions of the world.

So I've seen, you know, the goodness that's happened to Jerusalem since it's been part of Israel and I can understand why someone would say it should stay like this. I also can understand why a lot of Arabs don't want it to be part of Palestine, the ones that live in Jerusalem.

I also understand why it's very dangerous to be able to, you know, open up neighborhoods of Jerusalem to a force like Hamas or to a terrorist entity that control bombs from westward to Santa Monica. So I understand that view, but I still love peace more than anything. I'm still willing. I just think, from a negotiating standpoint, it's premature and it's not a smart thing to do to go public.

David Lehrer>> But the Rabbi on Pico Boulevard is not negotiating anything. He was simply saying that the Orthodox community ought not [technical difficulty].

David Suissa>> But we have to respect each other's instrument. I respect Chaim's instrument. I love the fact that you always want to reach out for peace.

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller>> I'm suspicious of people who love peace.

David Suissa>> Well, you're suspicious of yourself then.

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller>> No, because I actually am interested in people who are willing to do things for peace.

David Suissa>> I was in Gaza.

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller I'm not doing anything. But I'm talking about creating and understanding and a vision within our Jewish community that peace is our goal. The Rabbi is an educator. The Rabbi is not a politician. He's not negotiating.

He's trying to move people a little bit in their understanding and allow their humanity to emerge. He deserves all the support that we can give him because, number one, it seems to me that he's acting in religious principle. Number two, [technical difficulty] face to the world that the community is an understanding one.

David Suissa>> Chaim, that's very insulting.

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller>> One second. All right, perhaps --

David Suissa>> -- To say that there's no humanity on the Orthodox side is very insulting.

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller>> I do think that the Orthodox community is committed to a very narrow issue of what interest of the self --

David Suissa>> -- You view it as narrow.

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller>> Yes, but --

David Lehrer>> -- Isn't there also a question about the vitriol that was directed at him? I know from your past the vitriol that's directed to you when there is a perceived breach in the kind of monolithic front. I mean, it gets fairly nasty.

David Suissa>> My red line is when you cut somebody out. My red line is when you talk about excommunicating, I won't talk to you anymore and all that. Then the second red line is personal slander. Those are sort of my two red lines. But within this arena, I love the passion. I love the fact that Jews sort of rise up.

You call it vitriol; I call it deep-seated passion. Chaim and I are both very passionate. We're at different views and I love Chaim's passion. I just am in stark disagreement and I take offense to what you said where you assume that the Orthodox view has no humanity. I politely disagree and I'm offended by that.

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller>> Well, I think that the Orthodox view is fueled by theology. In other words, the claim is not that we're acting in the interest of the Jewish people. We are fulfilling God's word. Now that's analogous to what I hear in some other religion. It's a dangerous discourse and I think rational people ought to oppose that.

I do want to add that, from a religious perspective, one could present an argument that Jerusalem is transcendent and beyond all claims of sovereignty. In fact, that was Clinton's notion that somehow God be given sovereignty over Jerusalem. It sounds like a ridiculous idea, but it's a way of talking to get people to begin to understand.

David Lehrer>> Does God do zoning (laughter)?

David Suissa>> But part of that attitude, Chaim, is not to put down the other side and accuse them of not having humanity. I think there's a lot of rational view when you say I don't want terrorists to live five miles from me at this point. I think that's very rational. I think it's very rational to say that Israel has brought a lot of freedom and wonderful dignity to Jerusalem.

David Lehrer>> Well, I think this rational civil debate has been wonderful and I wish it could continue, but we're not going to solve the problem here and we've run out of time. Thank you, David, and thank you, Chaim.

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller>> Thank you, David.

David Suissa>> Thank you.

 

 
   
 
 
   

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