Last updated on: 9/21/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Meir Kahane, LLB, MA Biography

Title:
American Orthodox Rabbi and former Member of the Israeli Knesset
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The poor Palestinians who today kill Jews with explosives and firebombs and stones are part of the same people who – when they had all the territories they now demand be given to them for their state -attempted to drive the Jewish state into the sea. The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of ‘Itbach-al-Yahud’ – ‘Slaughter the Jew!’- that we hear and see today, where seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream – destroy Israel. What they failed to do yesterday, they dream of today, but we should not ‘repress’ them… Dear world, you stood by the Holocaust and you stood by in 1948 as seven states launched a war that the Arab League proudly compared to the Mongol massacres. You stood by in 1967 as Nasser, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Arab capital in the world, vowed to drive the Jews into the sea. And you would stand by tomorrow if Israel were facing extinction. And since we know that the Arabs-Palestinians daily dream of that extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own land, in our own state. If that bothers you, dear world, well – think of how many times in the past you bothered us. In any event, dear world, if you are bothered by us, here is one Jew in Israel who could not care less.”

“Dear World,” Writings of Rabbi Meir Kahane, www.Kahane.org

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • American Orthodox Rabbi
  • Member of the Knesset, 1984 (Proposed forcible deportations of all Arabs from Israeli territory, limited Israeli citizenship to Jews only, and stood for a ban on sexual relations among Jews and non-Jews)
  • Founder of the Kach Israeli political party, 1979
  • Founder of the Jewish Defense League, 1968
  • Editor and Correspondent for the Jewish-Anglo weekly The Jewish Press
Education:
  • MA, International Affairs, New York University, 1957
  • LLB, New York Law School, 1956
  • BA, Rabbinical Ordination, Brooklyn College, 1954
Other:
  • Born: Aug. 1, 1932
  • Assassinated: Nov. 5, 1990
Quoted in:
  1. Is Judaism Compatible with Democracy?