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Idea for a project: a repository of arguments for Zionism/a Jewish state in Eretz Yisrael rooted in Judaism

It seems that many non-Jews believe, perhaps in part because of the inflated publicity given to groups such as Neturei Karta, or due to the historically secular characteristics of the Zionist movement, that Zionism, Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel or even the idea of settling the land of Israel, are all revisionist distortions of Judaism devoid of any halakhic basis (or, in simpler terms: “Zionism has nothing to do with Judaism!”). I think this idea is particularly prevalent on Arab, Islamic, socialist subreddits etc., where people are also very keen to accept this notion, for obvious reasons.

Rather than explicitly making the case for Zionism/Israel, or trying to refute the opinions of the Divrei Yoel and the likes, I suggest users of this sub partake in a combined effort to aggregate various quotes of citations that establish a religious basis for Zionism or the existence of the State of Israel*, so that whenever one encounters the definitive assertion that Judaism and Zionism/Israel are diametrically opposed, a link to this thread (or later a condensed post) could be shared. If someone prefers to believe the Satmar shita is correct, that’s their choice to make, but let’s make information on the subject readily available, without striving to make it palatable or politically correct. I’m a young secular Israeli with a chronic disease that makes it hard for me to read, so I don’t have ample knowledge on the subject, but even I know about the Ramban counting the settling and conquest of the land among the 613 mitzvot, Rashi on Bereshit (“That if the nations of the world state “You are thieves! You conquered the land of the 7 nations…”), etc., and I’m sure there are people here who are well-versed in the writings of Rav Reines, Rav Kook, Rav Soloveitchik, and Israeli religious-Zionist rabbis.

*I made a distinction between “Zionism” and “the existence of the State of Israel”, because I know that eminent Haredi rabbanim who objected to Zionism in theory, still maintained that the State of Israel should be defended to protect the lives of the millions of Jews living in Eretz Yisrael, and some including the Lubavitcher Rebbe even opposed to ceding territories for peace for multiple reasons.

So, what do you think about this idea? Should we start aggregating relevant quotes and sources in the comment section under the post, and see how we go about it from there?

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