The Israel Defense Forces: Revolutionary Orientations vs. Orientations of Civility

By Shlomo Fischer

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, April 2010

Fischer writes about the wake of the settlement freeze, in which many religious Zionist rabbis called for soldiers and officers in the Israel Defense Forces to disobey obey orders to dismantle settlements and evacuate settlers in the West Bank. These rabbis represent a significant voice within the religious Zionist community and are focused upon the revolutionary messianic vision of what the State of Israel should become, speaking in the name of what they conceive to be the inner general will of the Jewish people. Yet many noted religious Zionist rabbis and leaders refrained from participating in that call and even forbade the refusal of orders. Both orientations - the revolutionary one and the orientation of civic loyalty - exist within most religious Zionists, and policymakers must strengthen those elements within the Israeli religious Zionist community that are committed to the rule of law, democracy, and civic loyalty.

Topic: Political Behavior, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Policy, Religion, Politics, Zionism

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.40/no.669

Page Number(s): 14-15

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Fischer, Shlomo. The Israel Defense Forces: Revolutionary Orientations vs. Orientations of Civility. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. April 2010: 14-15.


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