- Jul 2019
- New Jersey
Well, their stance would be that the Land of Israel has always been a holy land, even when it had no Jewish state. Accordingly, they can live in Israel just as if it were still controlled by the Romans or the Mamelukes or the Ottoman Empire. The holiness of the land and the legitimacy of its government are distinct from one another.They don't believe in a pre-messianic Jewish state, but they're still willing to live in Israel? You can tell that I am not exactly a scholar of the Torah, but that sounds highly suspicious to me. How do the Haredim that claim that belief and live in Israel justify it?
Such a thing has been created some years back - the Nahal Haredi. It still remains fairly controversial within the Haredi community (when studying in Israel, I personally witnessed a gang of teenaged Haredi hooligans taunting and physically harrassing a religious soldier who had entered the synagogue to pray. These hooligans are a minority, I might add, but they are vocal and violent and dissuade many Haredim from joining the army.Well, this would only help with one of the problems you mentioned, but maybe some Haredim would agree to serve in Haredim-only units? Perhaps with temporary non-Haredim officers until appropriate officers can be found or trained? This might alleviate the desire for seperation at least.