46. Concept of Israel counters world law

It is gratifying to note that Betty Berenson from Scarsdale [45] sees a logic albeit "apparent" in Ms. Militano's letter [33] because hers lacks any logic. She made in one letter two contradictory statements. While she has not broken any record, this shortcoming shows how Zionists have some trouble presenting an incoherent Zionist ideology.

On the one hand she says, "All countries exist for their national groups," and on the other she says, "Judaism is not merely a religion; we are a nation." The first statement means that France, for instance, exists for its national group, the French, just as America exist for Americans. This is true for all countries on earth except for Israel which, according to Ben-Gurion (and Ms. Berenson's second statement), "is not a state for its citizens alone, but for the whole Jewish people." This is not just an opinion. The first paragraph of Israel's Status Law reads: "The state of Israel regards itself as the creation of the entire Jewish people." In other words, Israel devised a system of extra-territorial nationality by claiming to be the sovereign state of the Jewish people wherever they are, a concept that is completely inconsistent with international law; a position that runs counter to the Pittsburgh Platform of 1885 in which a group of reform rabbis stated that "we consider ourselves no longer a nation but a religious community"; and a notion rejected in a letter dated April 20, 1964, from Assistant Secretary of State Phillips Talbot to Rabbi Elmer Berger in which it is said that the State Department "does not recognize a legal-political relationship based upon religious identification of American citizens ... it should be clear that the Department of State does not regard the Jewish people concept as a concept of international law."

July 9, 1990