Important to remember also that the messianic movements (Shabbtei Zvi, etc.) took place without the Jews having a political base, a nation that could be defended. Never before had Jews the possibility of gaining back the Temple Mount as the most outward symbol of messianic fulfillment and national unity. And if there is a segment of sane, rational people in the religious camp where were they as this fanaticism that now marks religion in Israel was growing and gaining in strength and vehemence? Reason and sanity cannot match zealotry once it reaches a certain watershed. That point has been reached. For these messianists this is a cosmic battle, a acting out of biblical prophecy and the counter voices will not be able to confront its fiery ideology. Their narrative tells them that the world is and will be against them and that conflagration will bring about the restoration of the Temple and the coming of the messiah who will destroy the gentiles.
Reformists are in the lead in Iranian parliamentary elections (dpa)
from the article: Decline and fall of Israel’s Messianic politics