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Anti-Zionist Jews

How Can Jews Oppose Israel?

By Shlomo Phillips © December 31, 2014

There is a lot of misunderstanding about this.

First, the word "Zionism" means the right of every Jew to live in Jewish Israel (i.e. Zion: named after the sacred mount). We all agree on the meaning of the word. With regard to this original intent, most Jews have always been Zionists. Each year we pledge: Next year in Jerusalem! This is Zionism.

The question is whether that is religiously permissible before the coming of the Messiah. Even the most rabidly anti-Zionist religious Jews agree that once King Messiah is ruling, Israel is ours and will be established as a theocracy (of some sort) throughout all the Land God gave to our patriarchs. So on this we also agree.

Most Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews today are Zionists. Most anti-Zionist Jews, like those in the image to the right, are also Orthodox Jews. We simply have a different understanding about Israel.

This debate stems back to the late 1800's. While Zionism is as old as Judaism itself, the people we now call "Zionists" began in the late 1800's. Most of them were Western political activists, and most were religiously agnostic Socialists. They wanted the nation reestablished on purely political grounds, as sort of an ethnic Jewish worker's paradise. To that end they created the Kibbutz movement etc. While there were many religious Zionists even then, most Zionist leaders were secular at that point.

Many of Traditional/Orthodox Jews questioned how a secular movement could establish a religious country as described in our prophecies. How could Agnostics merit the coming of Messiah? For this reason, many religious Jews at the time opposed the early Zionist Movement. Some even argued that their efforts might hinder the Redemption. Their hesitancy at that time was completely understandable.

Most of those who opposed early Zionism, like Chabad for instance, later embraced the Zionist movement once Israel became a reality in 1948. As I mentioned elsewhere here, the Israel that now exists is NOT the foretold Israel of prophecy. So while we point to 1948 (when Israel was reborn) as prophetically significant, we do not claim that the messianic era began then. For that we are still waiting.

Rav Kook, a pious “Religious Zionist” and the first modern Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, considered this seeming contradiction. He concluded that because the Jewish people did not yet merit the coming of Messiah and yet faced such extreme dangers in countries around the globe, HaShem (God) used the secular Jews like Hertzl, Ben Gurion, and the others to lay the ground work for what will one day become a truly Jewish Israel that controls all of the borders given to us by HaShem under the reign of Melech HaMashiach ben David (i.e. King Messiah, son of David). In the meantime, Jews are encouraged to practice teshuvah (repentance) and embrace Torah in order to merit the coming of HaMashiach ben David.

While most religious and secular Jews are now to some degree Zionists, there remains certain Heredi (i.e. ultra-Orthodox) Jews who continue to reject the existence of Israel. There are two main reasons for this ongoing rejection:

These are valid claims in my opinion. However again, Jews are not claiming that the Israel of today is that prophesied to exist during the reign of Messiah. It obviously is not. That kingdom is yet to come. Modern Israel is however the prequel so to speak of that kingdom.

Here is where the anti-Zionists Jews disgrace themselves and lose all credibility in my opinion:

As Jews we are commanded to be obedient and loyal to whatever country we live in. These Jews are generally loyal to whichever to whichever country they find themselves in, EXCEPT for Israel. Even if they consider Israel to be religiously illegitimate, still as Jews they are to be loyal. These anti-Zionist Jews are actively working around the world for the destruction of the Jewish nation. That is a serious breech of Jewish law. They take active part in antisemitic events like Iran's annual holocaust denial meetings. They picket Israeli events and march with neo-Nazis, Jihadi Muslims, and others who call for a genocide of all the Jews, Christians, Baha'i, and others in Israel.

For these and many other reasons it is correct to refer to these anti-Zionist Jews as traitors to our people and as the enemies of the God of Israel (not that the Blessed One actually has any enemies of course) and enemies of Torah.

Torah warns: And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you" -- Genesis 12:3

They have allowed their pride to lead them to treason. They are very pitiable and we pray they will wake up.

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