Courtesy of Harry’s Place:
Neturei Karta are a strange group of religiously extreme Jews, who believe that in order to persuade the Messiah to replace the Al Aqsa Mosque with the Third Temple, Israel must be destroyed. To that end, they have spent the last few years chumming up to the chap they think is most likely to assist them in their dreams: the similarly messianic nut, Ahmadinejad.
Neturei Karta have had a good run with Ahmadinejad, who has cultivated the tiny group in order to provide him with cover, when people suggest that he might just have a little problem with Jews. They were invited to his Holocaust Denial conference, and enjoyed frequent meetings – including public hugs and kisses – with the puppet premier of Iran.
- “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” – Albert Einstein
New York – VIN News has learned from high-ranking Iranian officials that a New York meeting between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and members of the radical anti-Zionist Neturei Karta group was canceled at-the behest of Ahmadinejad himself.
File photo: 2007 Ahmadinejad at meeting with Neturei Karta in New York (Reuters)
Neturei Karta members reportedly were scrambling to secure a meeting with Ahmadinejad himself during his recent visit to New York for the U.N. meeting. Hope seemed “lost” until the group actually succeeded in arranging for a face-to-face with the firebrand head of state-only to have that meeting suddenly canceled, by no less than Ahmadinejad himself.
According to VIN’s sources, it is said that the Iranian president has lost total interest in the Neturai Karta, and views them as zealots with no serious following within the Jewish community.
Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss of Neturei Karta confirmed to VIN News that their group did not meet last week with Ahmadinejad, but declined to provide a reason.
Two years ago, members of the group scored international headlines, and a fierce firestorm to match, when they appeared at a Holocaust-denial conference in Teheran to publicly and literally embrace Ahmadinejad. The group has alsoÂin 2007 while visiting New York.
Meanwhile nowadays, Famous Austrian Rabbi Moishe Arye Friedman, the formerly high-ranking official who facilitated that infamous event, has done teshuvah. As described in anwith VIN, the activist no longer agrees with the NK’s philosophy, and believes what most said about it for decades: that it is a dangerously foolhardy calculation for a handful of extremists to claim international Torah Jewish representation, especially on such a critical issue as the safety and security of fellow Jews-not to mention a humiliating chilul Hashem.
Rabbi Friedman is reputedly using his connections and influence in high ranks of the International Community places to now thwart, not facilitate, publicity-heavy meetings between members of the group and Ensure the good Image on the Jewish community on the International Arena.