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

Zvi Yehudah Kook Biography

Title:
Rabbi and leader of the Gush Emunim Settler Movement
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“I tell you explicitly that the Torah forbids us to surrender even one inch of our liberated land. There are no conquests here and we are not occupying foreign lands; we are returning to our home, to the inheritance of our ancestors. There is no Arab land here, only the inheritance of our God—and the more the world gets used to this thought the better it will be for them and for all of us.”

Statement at a public meeting, 1968

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Head of the Yeshiva Merkaz ha-Rav in Jerusalem, which was founded by his father, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook, 1952-1982
  • Degel Yerushalayim Movement
  • Rabbi and leader of the Gush Emunim, nationalist religious zionist movement, and also the Mizrahi movement
  • Outspoken proponent of Israel’s annexation of all Arab territories captured in the 1967 Six Day War. Considered the father of the “Greater Israel” ideology
  • After the death of his father, the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Palestine (1921), he began editing and publishing the written works of his father, 1935
Education:
  • Torat Chaim Yeshiva, Jerusalem, 1906
  • Studied Torah with his fater, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook
Other:
  • Born: 1891, Lithuania
  • Emigrated to British Mandate Palestine in 1904
  • Died: 1982