Israeli rulers oppose the establishment of Judea because that would show their ideological bankruptcy. They don’t want to split with Judea their monopoly on representing the Jewish people. It would be clear that Judea stands for Jews and Judaism, while Israel is a Western beachhead in the Middle East. When Judea is established, the Israeli prime minister will be downgraded to American viceroy, the like of Iraqi’s al-Maliki.

To ease the split, Judea could accept a loose federal union with Israel. Confederation provides for religious diversity: Judea could be Orthodox, Samaria could be Conservative right, and some areas could be settled by secular Jewish nationalists. Even the Reformists could get a place near the Jordanian border. Religious and nationalist enclaves could relinquish foreign policy and monetary functions to Israel proper as long as she recognizes their rights to a religious environment free of Arabs.

Judea’s sovereignty offers Israel advantages over autonomy, foremost of which are the limits of liability. Many Israeli Jews detest giving our lands away to Arabs, but don’t want to suffer the consequences of keeping them. Now the religious Jews of Judea would shoulder the burden of foreign condemnation for taking over the core Jewish lands and cleansing them of Arabs. The condemnation will be irrelevant because religious Jews separate themselves from Gentiles, and insignificant because those Jews don’t significantly engage in foreign trade.

Judea will not be established easily. Israeli rulers want a monopoly on representing the Jews, and would oppose the second Jewish state, which would be more Jewish than their secular leftist entity. Splitting Israel into two Jewish states would be very hard; scores of countries have fought civil wars to preserve their integrity. Judea, however, lays no claim to Israeli land, but only to the territories earmarked for Palestinians. The Judean movement breaks no significant Israeli law, with the dubious exception of incitement to violence. Even then, Judeans could proclaim peaceful colonization by purchasing the land from Arabs. The Judean movement could structure its platform to conform to the legal niceties of Israel.

The Arab state could not reasonably refuse the Jews the right to settle in Palestine. Jewish settlers should strip themselves of Israeli citizenship. Israel has no right under international law to remove settlers who are not her citizens. The settlements will have to protect themselves, and will become the beachheads of Judea.

It is impossible to set up ironclad guidelines for founding Judea. The situation evolves, and the founders would have to be very flexible. The key is persistence, exploiting every loophole of opportunity, and never backing down.

Judea will need a charismatic religious leader, devoted but not foaming-at-the-mouth. The Rebbe could have done that, but since an authoritative high-ranking leader is now lacking, bringing up an inconspicuous but morally strong rabbi with charismatic potential might do. In the Western outlook, sort of like a Mahatma. The Indians succeeded because the British wanted to abandon the colonies. Judeans could succeed because the Jewish government and leftists want to rid Israel of irritating religious Jews and troublesome right-wingers. Judea would take the nominal religious pressure off secular Israelis: divorce and perform abortions at will, enjoy prostitution and gambling, buy pork at every corner, ride the buses with Palestinian suicide bombers on Shabbat—enjoy! Many left-wing Jews detest Arabs, and would be tacitly happy to set them to fight with religious Jews. For the plan of Judea to succeed, right-wing Jews must prove ourselves exceedingly troublesome, not worth the trouble of living with, too many to be jailed, and too notorious to be run over with tanks. A few thousand radicals for the violence, but dozens of thousands for civil disobedience. Unbending masses closing the streets in peaceful protests. We would not rely on individual leaders who are easily shut down, like Feiglin, but on people ready to lose their income, survive on peanuts, and block the streets for prolonged periods. Government, the pharaoh, has to receive its ten plagues before it lets the Jews go—to Judea. Stick and carrot. Pressure and escape. Violence and peaceful exodus to Judea.