yeah see how great that worked out. We ended up with a series of despotic Kings, culminating in Herod and the destruction of the state and temple and the beginning of the 2000 year exile to hell. the Maccabes were a disaster in less than one generation. so great idea. let's let the zealots take over the asylum again and impose their narrow fundamentalist, misogynist, homophobic, anti-democratic beliefs on our fledgling democracy. just be sure you have a spare plane ticket to exile again. it is tough to walk all the way to Babylon or Rome..
from the article: U.S. Jews: Pray for pluralism at the Wall