What Jewish and Christian Zionists fail to see about Israel is that God favoring a nation above others was contingent on obedience to Him.
It’s not like they were favored because of their race (hence the racial undertones behind southern Evangelical support…)
They were favored because they submitted to the Creator and implemented His laws. When one falls from this far enough, His punishment may come upon you in this life… as evident all over the Old Testament, the tragic ending of the first and second temple period, and the prophets that came during the exiles to confirm that this was God’s punishment for their disobedience. (Of course, we believe those who followed God’s prophets were Muslims… the tribe of Jude, where Jew comes from, was one of the 12 tribes).
O Children of Israel, remember My favor which I have bestowed upon you and that I preferred you over the worlds.Quran 2:122-123
And fear a Day when no soul will suffice for another soul at all, and no compensation will be accepted from it, nor will any intercession benefit it, nor will they be aided.
Palestine and the Arab Revolt
Muslims held Palestine longer than anybody, starting with the conquest of Byzantium under the caliphate of Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) in 637 CE. Only after the Arab Revolt (1916-1918) against the Ottoman Empire and last caliph of Islam, did they lose Palestine… by helping the British to acquire it!
Treason and treachery, siding with the colonists over your own people. And the disaster which resulted is the state of the Arab world we see today, though there are many righteous Arabs who understand this sordid history.
Yet Israel is not very obedient, either. Many of the Hilonim are full-blown atheists, fornication is rampant (especially in the IDF), homosexuality open, and oppression the norm. They aided at least 3 genocides: In Bosnia, Guatemala, and currently Burma…
(And [mention, O Muhammad], when Abraham was tried by his Lord with commands and he fulfilled them. [ Allah ] said, “Indeed, I will make you a leader for the people.” [Abraham] said, “And of my descendants?” [ Allah ] said, “My covenant does not include the wrongdoers/oppressors (الظَّالِمِينَ).”)Quran 2:124
Israel’s short lived history, littered with genocide and terrorism, cannot even remotely be described as upholding the law. Israel is rife with ظُلْم, injustice, all over the world. Zionists believe Muslims are disobeying God by opposing Israel, assuming that by merely existing they have God’s favor. Muslims believe obedience to God is the source of His favor, regardless of geographic location or the illusion of power and wealth. God gives power and wealth to whom He pleases, out of His divine Mercy, even those who are destined for the Hellfire. After all, Hitler was wealthy and powerful, yet this is no indicator of his status with Allah ﷻ.
Not to mention the fact that Islam abrogated Halakha anyways. The law is the Shari’a. Halakha is long lost and constantly reinterpreted to fit their biases. Denying any prophet, including the final prophet ﷺ, is wrongdoing in itself and renders it impossible to follow the law.
(And We ordained for them therein a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds is legal retribution. But whoever gives [up his right as] charity, it is an expiation for him. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed – then it is those who are the wrongdoers (الظَّالِمُونَ).) Quran 5:45
(Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.) Exodus, chapter 21, verses 24-25
And this is what Zionists, be they Jew or Christian, fail to see: the core concept of obedience to God and avoiding sin, and repenting when you falter. One who ignores the law altogether falls into self-destruction. Instead, the Zionists are simply out for power and wealth–worldly things. Even an atheist in Israel, of “Jewish” ancestry, has more rights than a Muslim or Christian. So much for “God’s chosen people,” when up to a third of Israelis are atheists and Haaretz reports Israel is one of the least religious countries in the world. It should come as no surprise, considering the Zionist founders were atheists.
A person can be secular politically and believe in God, like the late Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz who called Israeli actions “Judeo-Nazi.” Or an atheist who is not really secular, like the late Prime Minister and founder of Israel, David Ben-Gurion. Secularism is mainly a political viewpoint, whereas atheism is firstly a philosophical viewpoint.
Zionism as a national movement that rebelled against historical Judaism was mainly atheistic. Most of its leaders and activists ceased believing in redemption through the coming of the Messiah, the long-standing essence of Jewish belief, and took their fate into their own hands. The power of the human subject replaced the power of the omnipotent God.
The rabbis knew that, and were terrified – and, therefore, almost all of them became avowed anti-Zionists. From Hasidic rebbes Sholom Dovber Schneersohn, the Admor of Lubavitch (Chabad) and Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter (the Admor of Gur) to leading U.S. Reform Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of the Reform Central Conference, mitnagdim and Hasidim, Orthodox, Reform and Conservative, all saw the rise of Zionism as the end of Judaism. Due to the sweeping opposition of the rabbis of Germany, Theodor Herzl was forced to transfer the First Zionist Congress from Munich to the Swiss city of Basel.
In 1918, Ben-Gurion – the future founder of the state – was convinced, as were many others, that most of the population of the Land of Israel had not been exiled, but converted to Islam with the Arab conquest, and therefore was clearly Jewish in origin. In 1948, he had already given up on this, and instead asserted that the Jewish people had been exiled by force and had wandered in isolation for 2,000 years. This is utterly false–after the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in the 7th century, caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) not only permitted Jews to re-enter the Holy Land, but asked 70 Jewish families to move in, and they obliged.
The principle of the religious definition became racist identity politics: a “Jew” is someone who was born to a Jewish mother or converted, and is not of another religion. If you don’t meet those conditions, you cannot be a part of the revival of the “Jewish people,” even if you adopt Israeli culture, speak fluent Hebrew and celebrate on Israeli Independence Day.
What’s silly is so many of their current and future mothers are atheists, so how are they now “Jews?” Is it about Judaism or is it not? So an atheist from a different background cannot be Israeli? So then it’s sort of about a religion, but many of them don’t even believe in that religion. It’s like a paradox where they turned a religion into a race as an extreme reaction to Christian Europe’s endless pogroms against Jews. So why do Muslims have to suffer and be demonized when Jews historically fled to Muslim lands for safety? Move to Morocco, where thousands of Jews still live there after their expulsion from Islamic Spain and even have their own Rabbinic Law courts.
Theodor Herzl Didn’t Practice Judaism
Even the founder of Zionism himself, Theodor Herzl, was an assimilated, secular Jew. That is non-practicing, perhaps an atheist and perhaps not. That is also by extension either a bit racist or nationalistic, but more or less pushed on him by the rampant antisemitism around him, as he saw it. The definition of “Jews,” even after baptism, was started by the racist Christians around him. He accepted this racist concept. After all the troubles of trying to assimilate into the West, they still did not accept “Jews.” So forget about assimilation, it clearly wasn’t working, so he ran with the ethnic concept. In our contemporary context something familiar may still apply: a good, law-abiding, tax-paying citizen, yet still a “dangerous Muslim.”
As I often say: extremes breed opposite extremes. And the West has rarely had a shortage of extremes.
Herzl himself agreed with this, arguing that what bound the Jews together was not necessarily that they themselves identified strongly as Jews (although this would come), nor was it on the basis of a shared religion (since many Jews including Herzl did not practice Judaism), nor was it on the basis of being a single race, but that they were identified by non-Jews, and in particular by the forces of anti-Semitism, as distinct (Elon, 1975; Stewart, 1981).From: W. M. L. Finlay: “Pathologizing dissent: Identity politics, Zionism and the ‘self-hating Jew’”, British Journal of Social Psychology (2005), 44, p201–222.
For Herzl, the Jews were ‘one people – our enemies have made us one without our consent… Distress brings us together, and, thus united, we suddenly discover our strength’ (Herzl, 1988/1896, p. 92). As described above, Lewin made the same point using the phrase ‘interdependence of fate’ (Deutscher, 1968; Sartre, 1948, also make this suggestion).
This is clear in in Herzl’s own words, where he sees Jews and himself ethnically defined, not religiously, by others:
Herzl: The Jewish question still exists. It would be foolish to deny it. We have honestly striven everywhere to merge ourselves in the social life of surrounding communities, and to preserve only the faith of our fathers. It has not been permitted to us. […]From: Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz: “Judaism’s Great Debates. Timeless Controversies from Abraham to Herzl”, The Jewish Publication Society: Philadelphia, 2012.
We are one people — One People! [We need] the Promised Land, where it is all right for us to have hooked noses, black or red beards, and bow legs without being despised for these things alone. Where at last we can live as free men on our own soil and die in peace in our homeland.
We are one people — our enemies have made us one without our consent, as repeatedly happens in history. Distress binds us together, and, thus united, we suddenly discover our strength.[…]
Zionism is a return to the Jewish fold even before it becomes a return to the Jewish land.[…]
God would not have preserved our people for so long if we did not have another role to play in the history of mankind.
What’s silly is that Christians often accuse Muslims of being “antisemitic,” yet in reality, their own antisemitism led to the current situation.
The last sentence indicates either his secularism or his flexibility in invoking religious motives.
Presumably Herzl, as a private individual and a man of culture with an interest in history, would very much have liked to visit both the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Dome of the Rock, but he realized that an official Zionist delegation, no matter how secular its members might be, had to respect the sensitivities of religious Jews in its public actions.[…] What, then, made a Jew a Jew? Herzl was too smart and politically seasoned to get caught in a restrictive definition. Yet he offered a formula – a surprising one for a non-religious man like himself – that evinced his profound awareness of the complexity of the issue and the need to find a common denominator that would be acceptable to different groups of Jews. ‘We recognize ourselves as a nation through our faith [Wir erkennen uns als Nation am Glauben],’ he asserted.
Elsewhere he wrote: ‘Our belonging to each other historically is based on our ancestral faith, for we have long since adopted the languages of many nations.’
This was descriptive rather than prescriptive, reflecting the nature of the way most of the Western and Central European Jews of Herzl’s time, place, and station understood their religion – as the outer framework of their Jewish national identity. A Jewish person who gave up his religious affiliation has given up his claim to be Jewish in any sense – even in the view of a non-religious man like Herzl.
The link between Jewish national identity and religious affiliation should be viewed, with all due caution, as the context for a brief passage in which Herzl considered – and immediately rejected – the possibility that the Jews, at least those in Austria, might collectively convert to Christianity.
When Herzl was so bold as to ask how the Church managed with the existing situation, the Pope responded: ‘I know, it is not pleasant to see the Turks in possession of our Holy Places. We simply have to put up with that. But to support the Jews in the acquisition of the Holy Places, that we cannot do.’ Herzl supposed that if he were to stress the humanitarian aspect of Zionism, as a way of addressing the hardships faced by so many Jews, as well as Zionism’s nonreligious nature, he might be able in part to circumvent the Church’s theological objections. But instead he jumped from the frying pan straight into the fire. The Pope told him:
There are two possibilities. Either the Jews will cling to their faith and continue to await the Messiah who, for us, has already appeared. In that case they will be denying the divinity of Jesus and we cannot help them. Or else they will go there without any religion, and then we can be even less favorable to them. […] The Pope asked: ‘Does it have to be Gerusalemme?’ Herzl responded that the Jews sought only the terrestrial Palestine.From: Shlomo Avineri: “Herzl’s Vision”, BlueBridge: Katonah, 2013.
Religion did not motivate Herzl. It seems fair to say that for a not very religious man it was mainly politics that was his driving force, letting him freely use religion as an argument, talking point, and ethnic marker.
Muslims in the Mirror
What Muslims see are our own shortcomings and failures leading up to the current situation, desiring to correct them but (at the moment) powerless to do so with ignorance widespread and tyrants in power. This is God’s punishment upon us, though we strive to improve ourselves through whatever tests He has ordained for us in our time. We recognize our errors and those of our predecessors. In the end, the majority of the inhabitants of Heaven will be from the followers of the Last Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. After all, this world is only ephemeral, the next is eternal, which is what we strive for through obedience in this life. The non-Muslims strive for the dunya while Muslims strive for the akhira.
Thus, the only ending for Israel will be disaster, and most Muslims believe this will begin with the arrival of the deceiving anti-Christ whom they will flock to in self-destruction, thinking he will give them worldly power and wealth, and end with the Second Coming of Jesus ﷺ who will then rule by the Shari’a. Allah warns them in chapter 17 of the Qur’an of such insolent behavior:
And We warned the Children of Israel in the Scripture, “You will certainly cause corruption in the land twice, and you will become extremely arrogant. When the first of the two warnings would come to pass, We would send against you some of Our servants of great might, who would ravage your homes. This would be a warning fulfilled.Quran 17:4-8
Then ˹after your repentance˺ We would give you the upper hand over them and aid you with wealth and offspring, causing you to outnumber them. If you act rightly, it is for your own good, but if you do wrong, it is to your own loss. “And when the second warning would come to pass, your enemies would ˹be left to˺ totally disgrace you and enter the Temple ˹of Jerusalem˺ as they entered it the first time, and utterly destroy whatever would fall into their hands. Perhaps your Lord will have mercy on you ˹if you repent˺, but if you return ˹to sin˺, We will return ˹to punishment˺. And We have made Hell a ˹permanent˺ confinement for the disbelievers.”
Considering so many Israelis are atheists, not practicing, disbelieve in Islam, oppress those living under them, do over 40,000 abortions annually, and are the only country producing estrogen for human sex changes.
Alhamdulillah I wasn’t born into such a nightmarish obfuscation of reality that is Zionism. Not to mention they heavily persecute Muslim converts.
Recommended external links:
Neturei Karta – Orthodox Jews United Against Zionism https://www.nkusa.org/aboutus/index.cfm
“The Talmud in Tractate Kesubos (p. 111a), teaches that Jews shall not use human force to bring about the establishment of a Jewish state before the coming of the universally accepted Moshiach (Messiah from the House of David). Furthermore it states that we are forbidden to rebel against the nations and that we should remain loyal citizens and we shall not attempt to leave the exile which G-d sent us into, ahead of time.”