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Rabbi: Religious Zionism is ‘like a powder keg’

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By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
May 3, 2013

In a fascinating Vox Tablet podcast discussion of the major role of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook and his son, Zvi Yehuda, in the history of religious Zionism and the Kooks’ influence on the so-called “settler” movement, Rabbi Shai Held speaks of the dangers of this increasingly influential theology in Israeli politics. Paraphrasing Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Rabbi Held, the co-founder and dean of an egalitarian yeshiva in New York, warns:

This is really dangerous stuff. This is dynamite that you’re playing with. The combination of messianism, a sense of the ontological difference and superiority of the Jews, a sense of the ontological uniqueness of the Land of Israel, the increasing embrace of militarism; all of this, combined, is like a powder keg.

Maidhc Ó Cathail is an investigative journalist and Middle East analyst. He is also the creator and editor of The Passionate Attachment blog, which focuses primarily on the U.S.-Israeli relationship. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @O_Cathail.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

May 3, 2013 at 6:41 am

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  1. Exposing these extremists has urgency (they are broadcast on settler/idf radio network) & incite more extremists.
    We remember Dr. Yeshayahu Liebowitz for his prescient statements (1967?) about idf occupiers, calling them judeonazis..(like those filling their army’s upper echelon & dominating their ever rightward movements).


    May 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm

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