I’m not sure to what extent this is also the case in some other countries, but the political division into “right” and “left” in Israel largely (even if not perfectly) corresponds to a citizen’s “religiousness”. And the affiliation seems relatively clear: “Religious” Jews (of any kind) will usually associate themselves with the “right” wing, while secular ones will mostly associate themselves with the “left”.
Some may attribute this to the strong mental connection to the land, or perhaps to the religious perception of the state’s regime and laws. But there is one point that is usually overlooked, and it is perhaps the most important one – also the most disturbing.
If/when you enter a “deep” discussion with a religious Jew about topics such as the “Land of Israel” and the “State of Israel”, at some point you will inevitably mention “God” – the mysterious figure that resides somewhere, and is not only supposedly responsible for everything done here, but is also able to do whatever comes to mind, whenever it wants and the way it wants.
And according to the Jewish-religious genre, this God is endowed with another wonderful quality: It really loves the Jews and protects them. It’s true that there were pogroms, and harassments, and the Holocaust, and wars – but what wouldn’t a loving father do to educate his children.
So how does this relate to our story? Since one plus one equals two, therefore “infinite power” plus “love” equals “guarding”. Put it differently: We supposedly have nothing to fear – from war, missiles, atomic bombs, from the whole world, from anything – because there is this thing in the heavens that protects us.
And with such logic, combined with the strengthening of the religious sector – it is easy to calculate our near end.