Looking at the succession of governments in Israel, an interesting balance can be seen: For 38 years Israel was led by left-leaning governments, and right-leaning for almost as long. Eight prime ministers on the left versus six on the right. Initially, left-wing coalitions led by the Labor Party and its predecessor Mapai ruled for three consecutive decades. In June 1977, Menachem Begin became the first right-wing head of government with the election of the 18th government. This ended the era of socialist pioneer leadership. A turning point.
It can be said that socialists and communists established the State of Israel with the Bible in hand, although many of these people were atheists. These were not godly Jews, but secular Jews. They did, however, in some way believe the biblical promise of the return of the Jewish people to Eretz Israel. These Jews understood that the promise of God must be implemented politically. Religious and Orthodox Jews tended to be passive believers. In this group they insisted that the rebirth of Israel must go hand-in-hand with the coming of the Messiah.
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