World's greatest Talmudic scholar to Bush: No to Palestinian state
The world's greatest living Talmudic scholar, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, has signed a proclamation calling upon President Bush not to establish a Palestinian state in the Land of Israel. Sources close to Rabbi Steinsaltz say that the proclamation will be handed to President Bush in person during his visit to Israel this week, by a public figure.
Rabbi Steinsaltz, lauded by Time magazine in 1988 as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar", is renowned for his erudite and authoritative commentary and translation of both Talmuds from Aramaic into Hebrew, as well as French, Russian and Spanish.
The proclamation, addressed "To The Honorable Mr. George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, Who comes seeking the presence of the Most High God, to Jerusalem, city of God, Divinely chosen site of the Holy Temple, eternal capital of our land, "the joy of the entire earth (Psalms 48:3)," calls upon the US President to "make a declaration, as did Cyrus, King of Persia - whose memory is honored - who in the year 538 BCE ...recognized the full right of the Jewish people to reestablish their Holy Temple... and called upon them to return to their land, and in the manner of Lord James Balfour of England, who in 1917, called upon the Jews to reestablish a national homeland in the Land of Israel".