Rabbis affiliated with the Israeli army urged troops heading into Gaza to reclaim what they said was God-given land and "get rid of the gentiles" — effectively turning the 22-day Israeli intervention into a religious war, according to the testimony of a soldier who fought in Gaza.
Literature passed out to soldiers by the army's rabbinate "had a clear message — we are the people of Israel, we came by a miracle to the land of Israel, God returned us to the land, now we need to struggle to get rid of the gentiles that are interfering with our conquest of the land," the soldier told a forum of Gaza veterans in mid-February, just weeks after the conflict ended.
I'm beginning to think it's a good thing that right-wing racist/nationalist Avigdor Lieberman is likely to be foreign minister in a Netanyahu-led government. The world needs to see the true face of Israeli intentions, and the Obama administration needs a good excuse for changing America's coddling, indulgent policy towards the "Jewish state."
Christopher Hitchens weighs in on the rabbis. A good piece in Slate.
Zionism is the problem. I had been meaning to link to this opinion piece by Ben Ehrenreich in the Los Angeles Times several days ago, but better late than never. I find it very encouraging that such things can now be printed in the mainstream media; it is only very recently that it has become possible, as Israeli actions are too much for honest Jews to bear.