Why the Israeli Government keeps quiet on Median Jewry

Why does the Israeli government not announce to the world that the descendants of the ten deported tribes have been located and number in the tens of millions of Jews? After all, Median Jewry and Median Judaism have been positively located and identified and this is quite possible to confirm. The policy consequences for Israel and Zionism are enormous as relating to immigration and absorption of tens of millions of Median Jews from the Middle East and around the world. This also pertains to the resolution of the Palestinian question through the early redemption and enfranchisement of Judea and Samaria and is thus a matter of great international interest and significance.

The reason Israel keeps quiet about Median Judaism and Median Jewry is that the AKP regime ultimately won’t let the Alevis (who are estimated to make up up to 20% of Turkey’s population) emigrate to Israel. Revealing the existence of Median Jewry to the Israeli public and to the world public would thus be a non-starter that furthermore would endanger relations with AKP-led Turkey. The vast majority of Median Jews in the Middle East are Alevis and live in Turkey. 

Turkey’s MIT intelligence service probably knew that Alevis are Jewish before anyone else knew in the international commununity since the AKP regime purged all Alevi officers from the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and apparently because they are non-Muslims and Halakhically Jewish. However, Turkey officially considers Alevis to be Muslims and Alevism a branch of Islam and formally and vocally opposes official state recognition of Alevism and Bektashism in European countries as religious denominations separate from Islam. The AKP regime apparently is hell-bent on completing the assimilation of Alevis and Bektashis into Islam and prevent their Aliyah (Jewish immigration) to Israel. 

There are no doubt also strong economic considerations since the AKP would not want to lose such a significant percentage of Turkey’s own population to emigration to Israel. This is similar to the considerations of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Moscow for the most part prevented its highly skilled Jewish minority from immigrating to Israel until the emergence of glasnost in the late 1980s. The GDP per capita of Israel is four times that of Turkey and the standard of living is significantly higher in Israel than in Turkey. This makes Israel an attractive destination for emigration for Alawites, Alevis, Alians, Bektashis, Dönmeh and Yezidis; none of whom are Muslims and all of whom are Halakhically Jewish Median Jews and eligible for immigration to Israel under Israel’s Law of Return. Hence the clash between the perceived respective national interests of Turkey and Israel and thus the deafening silence of Israel’s government.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization

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