It appears that a large portion of the IDF are fighting for their religious beliefs which in my opinion is a major part of Zionist extremism within
the Israeli armed forces.
In large study halls, ranks of young Jewish men are bent over religious books or debating in pairs the meaning of their texts. Many wear the large
knitted kippa associated with the settler movement; a few have guns by their side.
Does this remind you of anything?
Many of these men are letting their theological beliefs influence their actions to the point where they will listen to their rabbi before their
commanding officer. These are the people fighting Israel's wars in places like Gaza and Lebanon.
For these young religious Zionists, serving in the army to defend the state of Israel and the Jewish presence in the occupied West Bank is a
crucial element of a theology that has the redemption of the biblical land of the Jews at its centre.
But some critics fear the influence and advancement of these highly motivated soldiers could turn the traditionally secular IDF into an ideological
instrument and create conflicts over whether the men's duty is to obey their rabbi or their commanding officer.
Many of these soldiers believe "God gave them this land" so they cannot bring themselves to return the stolen land to the rightful owners who are
the Palestinians, even if they have been given orders to do so.
But there are bigger questions about whether such soldiers will agree to participate in military operations to evacuate Jews from West Bank
settlements, a small number of which have this year been declared illegal by Israel's supreme court. If there is ever a peace deal with the
Palestinians requiring a large-scale evacuation of tens of thousands of settlers, the issue could become critical.
This is not just a minor percentage either, this attitude seems to be prevalent among the IDF.
According to Gershom Gorenberg, the author of The Unmaking of Israel, this is not a problem of individual conscientious objectors. "There are
already whole units that the IDF fears using. As men who believe in the inviolable sanctity of the Whole Land of Israel climb the ladder of command,
possibilities loom that are worse than refusal: outright mutiny, even decisions by senior officers to deploy their units to prevent withdrawal," he
So not only are the psychopaths running Israel extreme Zionists, but many of their foot soldiers are too. This probably comes from generations of
propaganda derived from religious extremism and a self sense of superiority due to the atmosphere they were raised in. This can be compared to the
Wahabis of other MIddle Eastern nations...they are a product of their environment.
It seems this attitude is also present among the upper ranks of the IDF so we can't just blame a few religious extremists, a lot of this mentality
comes from the very top of the food chain. These "soldiers" (if you want to call them that) are letting a book that was written in ancient times
govern their thoughts to the point where it interferes with them performing their duties in which they are required to do.
Pro-settler religious Zionists are reaching the higher ranks of the military, according to Gorenberg. He cites the army magazine Bamahane, which
reported in 2010 that one in eight of company commanders in ground forces came from West Bank settlements; the same year, a majority of top commanders
in the elite Golani brigade were religious Zionists. "In the frontline forces and officer class, the role of men whose identity has been shaped in
the crucibles of theological nationalism keeps growing," writes Gorenberg.
Daniel Brooks, 23, a student at Har Etzion, a hesder yeshiva just over the pre-1967 border in the southern West Bank, served as a paratrooper for 16
months as part of the programme. "There is an intrinsic value in learning Torah, and going to the army is a way of putting that learning – the
value of protecting your people and land – into practice," he said. He served in a unit reserved for religious soldiers.
They consider themselves to be above other races and religions. This is what is really going on in Israel, it's a shame too many people are too blind
to see it.
Melamed instructed that it was "forbidden for a Jew to throw another Jew out of his house in the land of Israel", said Yonaton Behar, Har
Brakha's spokesman. "It is forbidden to give any part of the land of Israel to any non-Jew, especially our enemies. It is forbidden for any Jewish
soldier to obey an order that contradicts the Torah."
So we have an army, who believes they have the right to act in certain ways, because their God told them to while they look upon the original
inhabitants of the land as "enemies". This is apartheid at it's worse and it must be stopped.
I know Islamic extremism gets it's fair share of criticism on ATS, so it's only fair that the Zionists receive their own exposure as the army of
religious extremists that they really are. There is no place in Israeli politics or military for moderates since it is a nation based on religious
These psychopaths in Israel must be stopped.