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Literally, Guardians of the City. Group of Orthodox extremists who oppose the State of Israel because they believe that Israel can be redeemed only through the direct intervention of God and the advent of the Messiah. In 1935, a few hundred members of Agudath Israel under the leadership of Amram Blau objected strenuously to their organization’s cooperation with other Zionist groups. They broke away and formed the Neture Karta, and have not hesitated to resort to violence in support of their beliefs. The organization is small but has supporters outside of Israel, particularly in the U.S.

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