Mark Hardie
Founder, Chairman, CEO of "The Taylor Swift Party" | Attorney | Army Veteran

Should Israel Become a Royal Monarchy?

Should the State of Israel become a democratic monarchy like the United Kingdom?

According to the Torah, King Saul was the first king of Israel, and King David was the second king; followed by King Solomon. It was King Solomon who erected the first Jewish temple.

Therefore, the role of kingship and monarchy are significant aspects of Jewish history and the history of the Land of Israel. Although today Israel is a parliamentary, democratic republic with a president as head of state and prime minister as head of government, there is a possibility that Israel could one day become a royal monarchy.

I think modern Israeli society can learn a lot about Jewish royalty and monarchy from the Haredi communities.

For two years, I lived in the ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) community in B’nai Brak, Israel near Tel Aviv. In this faith-based city, Jewish royalty plays an important role in both Hasidic and non-Hasidic communities.

There are royal Jewish families such as the Teitelbaum family of the Satmar; the Halberstam family of the Sanz; the Rokeach family of Belz. Some of these royal Jewish families intermarry; such as when the daughter of the previous Vizhnitzer Rebbe (Hager) married one of the current Satmar Rebbes Grand Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum.

Within the Haredi world, royal Jewish names such as “Schneerson” (Chabad) have a tremendous amount of power and influence.

In the future of modern Israel, it’s possible that one of these Jewish royal families could be established a king of modern Israel. Among European countries, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Spain, and Belgium are constitutional monarchies. It is possible the state of Israel will follow the examples of these countries.

While I was visiting the Netherlands, many Dutch people explained “the royal family unifies the Dutch people, and the royal family is symbolic of all Dutch people and dominions”. I was taken on tours of royal Dutch palaces and castles. It touched my heart to see the pride and joy of the Dutch people in regards to the House of Orange-Nassau, the royal house.

The Jewish people have a long history as a monarchy tracing its roots to when the Prophet Samuel anointed Saul as king of Israel (Melekh Israel). The king of Israel can serve as a figurehead with a symbolic role of bringing unity to the state of Israel and its citizens.

Currently, the president of Israel is the head of state. In a monarchy-parliamentary system, the king of Israel would serve as the head of state in a symbolic role. The president and prime minister would retain their current roles within the Israeli system.

Would it be practical for the state of Israel to become a monarchy? Would the people of Israel agree to select a king of Israel? Would a monarch bring greater unity and pride to the citizens of Israel?

As we critique Israel’s current system of government, let us contemplate the establishment of Israel as a democratic monarchy.

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California Law San Francisco (Hastings) . I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside. I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, and Bar Ilan University. I am a military veteran of the United States Army. I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon. I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, Harvard Divinity School, Yale Divinity School, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, Princeton University, Florida A&M, Howard University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer. I was public affair assistant for Mayor of Jerusalem Ehud Olmert and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias. I am a former member of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. I am a member of the American Legion and Jewish War Veterans.
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