State of Judea

This article is about the modern proposal for secession. For the similarly-named autonomous province of the Achaemenid (ancient Persia) empire, see Yehud Medinata.
Proposed flag of the State of Judea.
Flag of the (possible) theocratic state of Israel
Proposed location of the State of Judea.

The State of Judea (Hebrew: מְדִינַת יְהוּדָה, Medīnat Yəhuda) is a proposed halachic state in the West Bank put forward by Israeli Jewish settlers. After the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) declared the existence of a Palestinian state in 1988, some settler activists (primarily Kahanists) feared that international pressure would lead Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and sought to lay the groundwork for an Orthodox Jewish state in the West Bank if this came to pass. In January 1989 several hundred activists met and announced their intention to create such a state if Israel withdrew.[1][2][3][4][5]

The idea was revived following the unilateral disengagement plan which resulted in the forcible withdrawal of Jewish settlers from Gaza by the Israeli Defense Force in 2005. In 2007 Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpo suggested the establishment of a new state in the West Bank in the event of Israeli withdrawal.[6][7]


The flag of Judea is very similar to the flag of Israel. Like the flag of Israel, it depicts a blue symbol on a white background, between two horizontal blue stripes, but unlike the flag of Israel the symbol is a Menorah instead of a Star of David. Another version features a Star of David of a different sort than appears on the flag of Israel, together with some other symbols.[8]


  1. Kass, Ilana; O'Neill, Bard E (1997). The deadly embrace: the impact of Israeli and Palestinian rejectionism on the peace process. University Press of America. p. 146. ISBN 978-0-7618-0535-9.
  2. Ron, James (2003). Frontiers and ghettos: state violence in Serbia and Israel. University of California Press. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-520-23657-8.
  3. Rubinstein, Danny (22 January 2007). "The State of Judea". Haaretz.
  4. "Settlers seek new nation called Judea". Eugene Register-Guard. 17 January 1989. p. 3A.
  5. "Right-wingers eye new jewish state in the territories". Ellensburg Daily Record. 17 January 1989. p. 6.
  6. "Rabbi threatens secession from Israel". 7 December 2007.
  7. Weiss, Efrat (6 December 2007). "Rightist initiative: Picking flag and anthem for settler state". Ynetnews.

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