When asked of the permissibility of violating state orders, many Religious Zionist rabbis answered that the state has legitimate authority, by virtue of its being democratically elected. Following Rav Kook, they said a democratic election by the popular will had some resemblance of a Jewish king, and so the government had the authority to make rulings.
But what happened to the Talmudic dictum that "There is no messenger in the case of a sin"? (A messenger is ordinarily innocent of the message he transmits, but if his message is a deed, he cannot plead that he was following orders; a proxy performing a deed is indeed culpable for his deed, regardless of who ordered him.) The Talmudic aphorism thus says you cannot plead, "I was only following orders". But the SS and Nazis used this excuse at Nuremberg, and the Religious Zionist rabbis would prefer to follow their footsteps.
This is what Rav Hirsch called the idolatrous worship of the state, that it can do no wrong, and that nationalism takes precedence over all else. Nazi Germany epitomizes this idolatrous nationalism, and Religious Zionism seems not so far off.
What is particularly farcical, however, is that these Religious Zionist rabbis justify all this based on the principle that a democracy has authority. But even in America, the father of modern democracy, this would never pass muster! The right to bear arms explicitly enshrines the right of the people to stand up, violently even, against government corruption and crime. (Nevermind the fact that a laity armed with pistols and shotguns wouldn't stand a chance against America's modern army. That isn't the point.) But the Religious Zionist rabbis would prefer to arrogate to the democratic government, the same powers possessed by an authoritarian monarchy, in the name of democracy, even though America would never do such. You shouldn't be more pious than the pope!
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