Thanks, Jonathan, for the article and the clarifications.
I disagree with Lesher about what “the real point” is, although he’s absolutely right about the “methodological dishonesty” of certain orthodox rabbis in such cases (Ovadiah Yosef and his spokesmen made it an art form).
The “real point”, in my opinion, is that Religious Zionism has taken topics that were, for millennia, the object of purely theoretical study,* and decided to apply them to contemporary political and military life, in a modern nation state.
Is Karim’s statement about “comely women” (eventually withdrawn/explained/contradicted and unlikely to have any significant impact in and of itself) really worse than his statements about killing “injured terrorists” (whom he calls “animals”) or, on a somewhat more theoretical level but not without practical consequences, his constant, almost mystical glorification of “the people” and “the nation”, above the needs and rights of individuals?
*A classic method of dealing with some of the worst parts of Scripture and other sacred texts, without denying that they are the word of God, is to treat them as no longer applicable. The wisdom of this approach seems to have been lost on much of Religious Zionism.