It makes one wonder why it is a religion so profound as judaism is in such need of a national identity. A political system, a boundary, a military? For what? There way of life was well preserved and spread through all of europe and even russia. It had made a huge impact (especially during and after the war) here in the United States as well. Why become nationalistic? They were there before they called it Israel. The traditionalst Jews didn't even want to setup shop there. They had locations all picked out in British controlled territory in Africa. Even the britts agreed that was the best place. Certainly those that pushed the agenda knew there were going to be reprocussions for their actions. The only reason I can even begin to think of is one to fulfill prophecy...ridiculous.
All that pain and agony caused over the last 80+ years over a prophecy.