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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.
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.
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.
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 writes.
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.
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."
Originally posted by Numbers33four
reply to post by Corruption Exposed
If true then this is funny and confusing since the religion of Zionaziism is atheistic Satanism.
And by the way, CE, the people of Israel have been set up by the Rothschild filth who do not even live there. The Jews are dupes and will be sacrificed by TPTB.edit on 12-7-2012 by Numbers33four because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Vitruvian
Islam and Israel have this to fear: Make no mistake "we" will NEVER fight for, nor will we defend Zionism in any way - but more to its annihilation along with Islam.
edit on 12-7-2012 by Vitruvian because: edit
Originally posted by buster2010
Thou shalt not kill.
"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.”
Originally posted by CrimsonKapital
reply to post by Corruption Exposed
Its funny because the Torah states that "The Jews shall not have a country of their own", so this idea that God gave this land to them is pure Zionazi propaganda....
The “original inhabitants” you say? Gee, than I wonder who these people are:
Originally posted by cybro
Israel needs to round up all these Zionist and send them to Auschwitz.
Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
Does this remind you of anything?