The Dialectic between Confrontation and Commitment: Religious-Zionism and the Settlement Project

Moshe Hellinger, Isaac Hershkowitz, Bernard Susser

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Abstract

Religious Zionists have been the driving force behind the settlement project in Israel for the past 40 years. They often see settling in the Greater Land of Israel as a messianic activity. It might be thought that when state policy clashes with radical messianic movements, the result would be violent, bloody confrontations. This study seeks to explain why this has not been the case in Israel despite the dismantling of settlements in the Sinai and Gaza and the controversial Oslo process. Although there has been turmoil and resistance, most religious Zionists have refrained from serious violence. We suggest that a "theological-normative balance" prevents all-out de-legitimation of the state and life-threatening violence against it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)843-866
Number of pages24
JournalPolitics and Religion
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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