TEL AVIV (Jan. 19)
Rabbi Meir Kahane and his Kach party founded a new Jewish state Wednesday.
It was proclaimed the “Free State of Judea” during a noisy Kach rally at the Jerusalem Plaza Sheraton Hotel.
The declaration was largely ignored by the news media.
Presumably, it will include any areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip that, Kahane is convinced, are about to be “surrendered” by the present Israeli government.
No details were given for the new state. Instead, the rally devoted itself to virulent attacks on the government, the Cabinet and Likud Knesset members for allegedly abandoning the ideals of Zionism.
The Parliament itself, the legal system and the press were roundly denounced.
Kahane served two terms in the Knesset, but his party was barred from running in the Nov. I Knesset elections because of its racist platform, which advocated, among other things, the forced expulsion of all Arabs from Israel and the administered territories.