|Pioneers of the Second Aliya |
The big problem, fatal flaw, came with the addition of socialism and democracy to Zionism. Those two western secular ideologies are like when the Jewish People demanded from Shmuel Hanavi, Samuel the Prophet that he make them a "now make us a king to judge us like all the nations," (1Samuel 8) instead of the type of king that G-d commanded us in D'varim 17.
Unfortunately our politicians, academics, media etc are still enamoured with the secular western values and ideologies of democracy and socialism. Even those who claim to be Torah observant, also called in America "Orthodox" rabbis worship democracy over G-d's commandments. Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is one of those whose worship of secular democracy is most disturbing. His Jerusalem Post Dvar Torah on Parshat Shmot goes against G-d's instructions.
I believe that every soldier must give priority to God’s law over human law, even the law of the IDF.
However, refusing to carry out a command of the IDF must only apply when the individual believes that by carrying out the order an innocent Jewish or gentile life is being taken, or that fundamental human rights are being removed. In the instance of giving land for peace, however, Rabbi J.B. Soloveitchik ruled that the elected government of Israel has the right to decide whether sacrificing land for peace is operable and under which conditions. Such a decision must be governmental and not individual.
My rabbis are those who are taking their rabbinic/Torah decisions from today's reality in the Land of Israel. G-d willing their voices will get stronger among the Jewish Nation and that will bring the Moshiach speedily in our days, G-d willing.