In these contemporary times when there is a potential conflict in the Middle East leading the world into a catastrophe, it is important to understand the various dimensions for better management and resolution of the conflict. The people around the globe thought that the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine or around Jerusalem was the groundbreaking cause of the conflict. The creation of the state of Israel had indeed worsened this conflict but it is to be analyzed whether it is a Jewish state or something else.
Judaism and Zionism as interchangeable terms that are the same but there is a lot of difference between both and understanding the concept or ideas of Judaism and Zionism is crucial to understanding the creation of state of Israel and how it is impacting regional peace as well as global peace.
Judaism is one of the oldest holy religions in the world. It is the first Ibrahimic faith and dates back to around 4000 years with key events like the Babylonian exile, the receipt of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, and the Exodus from Egypt influencing the evolution of Judaism. It is a monotheistic faith that believes in one God and the prophecy of their prophets or can be said as the forefathers of Jews including Ibrahim (A.S), Ishaq (A.S), Yaqoob (A.S), Yousaf (A.S), Musa (A.S), Dawood (A.S), Suleman (A.S) and others. Jews hold the belief that Ibrahim (A.S) and his offspring were God’s particular chosen people who would create a powerful nation, and that God made this covenant with Ibrahim (A.S). The Israelites were taken out of Egypt by the Prophet Musa (A.S) almost a millennium after Ibrahim (A.S), having been held as slaves by Pharaoh for hundreds of years.
Judaism’s main rituals include gathering in synagogues for group worship, keeping the Sabbath from Friday to Saturday night, and celebrating a liturgical calendar that includes holidays like Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, and Passover. Important life stages are marked by rituals like bar/bat mitzvah celebrations and circumcision (brit milah) for males. What is allowed to consume is determined by the Torah-based kosher dietary regulations. Furthermore, Jewish ethics and values place a strong focus on charity (tzedakah) and deeds of compassion, which support social fairness and communal togetherness. There are many ways to interpret these fundamental practices and ideas within Judaism because of its diversity, which includes branches that are Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist.
Zionism was a political and religious movement that emerged from the Europe in the late 19th century with goal of fighting for the rights of Jewish minorities in Europe. This movement then evolved into a nationalist movement to have a separate national homeland in Palestine and surrounding the Jerusalem. As their ultimate goal was based on religious sentiments so it was perfectly used by global peace destroyers and global satanic mindsets. Initially, Zionism reflected the political thoughts inspired by religious beliefs but later on, the movement was inspired by radical mindsets and atheists’ mindsets. The movement of Zionism was then developed and protected by not Jews but by these atheists who belong to both Judaism and Christianity striving to advance their politico-socio-economic interests or can be said as the interests of their lusty mindsets.
An Austrian journalist Theodor Herzl is considered to be the founder of the movement. In 1896 he published a pamphlet “The Jewish State,” in which he advocated for establishing a separate Jewish state. During the First Zionist Congress in 1897, The World Zionist Organization was founded in Basel, Switzerland. Palestine, which was then a part of the Ottoman Caliphate, was the target of Zionist efforts to create a Jewish state because the Ottomans did not agree to sell the lands to Jews in Palestine, especially in Jerusalem. This movement gathered steam over the years and was instrumental in the final 1948 founding of the State of Israel.
The goals of the first Zionists were to alleviate the problems of anti-Semitism and persecution that European Jewish communities had to deal with. Since they believed that Jerusalem and the lands of Palestine is the ownership of Jewish people historically and spiritually, their main objective was the construction of a Jewish state there and to regain their lost glory. Their goal was to establish a safe place where Jews could live freely, maintain their culture, and follow their religion without worrying about prejudice or violence. They also aimed to advance Jewish unity and national identity. Theodor Herzl and other pioneers of Zionism envisioned a modern, secular state that would support Jewish self-determination and cater to the varied demands of immigration Jews.
In 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour published the Balfour Declaration, which said that Britain supported the creation of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.
This declaration was a crucial historical step toward the international acknowledgment and endorsement of the objectives of the Zionist movement. It was crucial in reshaping the political environment in the Middle East and laying the groundwork for the State of Israel’s eventual founding in 1948.
The British mandate came after years of the Balfour Declaration that actually reflect the establishment of a Jewish state fulfilling the promise made in the declaration. The League of Nations did contribute to laying the foundation for the contemporary Jewish state and the tensions that would continue for decades to come between Jews and Arabs in the region by approving British mandate over the territory of Palestinians. Even though Israel wouldn’t exist for many years, Jewish immigrants started to arrive in Mandatory Palestine from Europe, and organized Jewish institutions started to emerge as part of a sometimes violent drive to establish a Jewish state. Concurrently, rival Arab nationalist organizations were stoked by the expanding Jewish population, which increased hostilities with the Arab community.
The State of Israel was proclaimed in 1948 as the result of a number of political and historical circumstances. It originated with the Zionist movement of the late 19th century, the 1917 Balfour Declaration, and the British Mandate for Palestine following World War I. Notable figures player their role in the development of Zionist movement and the creation of State of Israel. The main role played in the early 20th century was by the League of Nations or we can say the followers of liberal institutions, they gave British a mandate to administer a territory for whom the British had promised to give to the Jews. It was the first step when the peacekeepers laid the foundation of violence and conflicts.
Theodor Herzl is regarded as the founder of contemporary political Zionism whose writings and activism established the movement’s theoretical foundation. Chaim Weizmann was a well-known Zionist leader and accomplished diplomat played a pivotal role in discussions and helped to foster sympathy for Zionism among British officials. David Ben-Gurion was instrumental in the founding of the state and went on to become Israel’s first prime minister. Before the establishment of the State of Israel, he was the head of the Jewish Agency and the head of the Jewish community in Palestine. Golda Meir was a powerful stateswoman who subsequently led Israel as Prime Minister and played a significant role in advancing Zionism.
The United Nations General Assembly’s 1947 adoption of the partition plan, which called for the separation of Palestine into distinct Jewish and Arab governments, was one of the events leading up to the declaration of Israel. This move of the child of former liberal institution the League of Nations was the second impactful step towards the establishment of safe haven for the destroyers of global peace. David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the creation of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948. The Soviet Union and the united governments immediately recognized this proclamation, but the neighboring Arab governments were against it, which sparked the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
Judaism and Zionism are two separate things as Judaism reflects the religious aspect and Zionism as a radical one which was created initially be Jews and then protected by the Zionists.
Judaism emphasizes religion, customs, and a common identity among Jews, encompassing both religious and cultural aspects. It is centered on the ethical precepts found in the Torah, as well as spiritual beliefs and worship. Zionism, on the other hand, is essentially a political movement aimed at establishing a Jewish homeland and attaining Jewish self-determination. While some Zionists included religious components into their plans, the majority were secular and wanted to create a modern, nationalistic state. The complex link between Judaism and Zionism is highlighted by the convergence of these religious and political elements in the creation of Israel.
Anti-Semitism was seen in Europe that grew during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and Zionism became more popular and became the main motivation behind the creation of Israel. The movement aimed to give persecuted Jews a national homeland and a safe sanctuary. Prominent individuals such as Theodor Herzl and Chaim Weizmann advocated for global backing. This cause was advanced by the 1917 Balfour Declaration and the British Mandate for Palestine that followed. The atrocities of the Holocaust during World War II increased sympathy for the Jewish people around the world and prompted the UN to approve the 1947 partition plan, which paved the way for Israel’s establishment in 1948.
Modern Israel had became a potential threat to global peace not because of Judaism but because of Zionism. As discussed earlier the Zionist movement that aimed to fight for the rights of Jews in Europe under the atrocities of Christians later developed by the hands of atheists from Jews and Christians. The believers of Satan and atheists from Europe and America overtook the Zionist movement to serve their interests in the name of holy religions. Looking upon the premiers of Israel, all are those who do not belong to Judaism but to Zionism, and Zionism not only contains Jewish atheists but also Christian atheists.
People often queried about these Zionists and their goals, so for a clear crystal understanding we have to understand the phenomenon of burden of history. The burden of history was so heavy on some Jews and Christians, that their mentality was also driven by radical factors and personal interests that caused them to fulfill their lusts by curbing rising religious sentiments time when Zionism was in his early years there was a rising Jewish religious sentiment that was curbed by overtaking the movement. Same as now we can see that this Zionism as led by atheists is now on its way to curb rising Islamic sentiments by invading Jerusalem and also by disturbing the whole Muslim world, especially destabilizing the Middle East. As far as Christianity is concerned it is clear that there is no violence or atrocities against Christians it is because these satanic ideologies pose no threat to Christianity.
In conclusion, Judaism is a religious thing and Zionism is a political thing. Both are interconnected due to shared history but they are different in their goals. We can say that Zionism was a potential thing in the 20th century to give religion a new direction to influence the social life of humans to disrupt this potential the goals and objectives of the movement was altered eliminating the religious objective and introducing new political and economic facets in it. Looking upon the policies and policymakers of today’s Israel and the United States it is evident that the Zionist movement is driven by the leaders of these countries as both are in full control of those Zionists.