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I keep on reading about a lot of Orthodox Jewish Rabbis opposed to the building of the nation of Israel as they deem it to be blasphemous and heresy in violation of God's commandment to the Jews.

I found some quotes from them:

Prague (Czechoslovakian Rabbi and pivotal medieval Jewish leader, 1525-1609) writes that a Jew should rather give up his life than attempt to end exile by conquering the Holy Land. (Netzach Yisroel, 24)

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (German Jewish leader 1808 - 1888), "During the reign of Hadrian when the uprising led by Bar Kochba proved a disastrous error, it became essential that the Jewish people be reminded for all times of an important essential fact, namely that [the people of] Israel must never again attempt to restore its national independence by its own power; it was to entrust its future as a nation solely to Divine Providence:" (Hirsch Siddur, 1965: p.703)

Again Rabbi Hirsch writes, "We mourn over that which brought about that destruction [of the Temple] we take to heart the harshness we have encountered in our years of wandering as the chastisement of a father, imposed on us for our improvement, and we mourn the lack of observance of Torah which that ruin has brought about. . . This destruction obliges us to allow our longing for the far away land to express itself only in mourning, in wishing and hoping; and only through the honest fulfillment of all Jewish duties to await the realization of this hope. But it forbids us to strive for the reunion or possession of the land by any but spiritual means." (Horeb, 1981: p.461)

Our Sages say G-d imposed three vows when he sent Israel into the wilderness:

(1) that the children of Israel shall never seek to reestablish their nation by themselves;

(2) that they never be disloyal to the nations which have given them shelter;

(3) that these nations shall not oppress them excessively

(Kesubos 111a)

Are there any biblical evidences from Tanach or those who believe in Oral Torah for such views?

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No.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ –  Double AA Feb 16 '13 at 23:47
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This question would be more valuable if you'd cite the sources for these quotations. –  Isaac Moses Feb 17 '13 at 3:08
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... In fact, presenting such strongly-worded quotations without referring to the contexts from which they came so that they can be evaluated in-context is not fair to either their subjects or their objects. Accordingly, I'm going to delete them and leave it to you to replace them along with references to where they came from. –  Isaac Moses Feb 17 '13 at 4:33
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(For any later readers, Hod's above comment was written just before the current set of quotations were added. He may (or may not) have changed his opinion since then.) –  Double AA Feb 17 '13 at 6:26
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Since you aren't asking about the evidence that both sides use for their positions, I'm concerned about the motivation behind your question. I'm also concerned that you may be trying to use the J.SE community as a workhorse to provide Biblical support for an unstated political agenda. || Further, you are conflating "the building of the nation of Israel" with unilaterally establishing a state via force without the approval of the international community, and the views that you cite were referring to the latter, not the former. –  Fred Feb 17 '13 at 19:31

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There are no explicit biblical proofs for this. However, there is a fairly famous statement in the גמרא in .כתובות קיא:

רבי יוסי ברבי חנינא דאמר ג' שבועות הללו למה אחת שלא יעלו ישראל בחומה ואחת שהשביע הקדוש ברוך הוא את ישראל שלא ימרדו באומות העולם ואחת שהשביע הקדוש ברוך הוא את העובדי כוכבים שלא ישתעבדו בהן בישראל יותר מדאי

This דרשא from a פסוק in שיר השירים says that Jews cannot "raise in a wall", i.e. in military strength, was taken by many including Rav S.R. Hirsch to mean that it is אסור for Jews to re-establish a Jewish government.

Another thing to realize is that these above mentioned Rabbonim were mainly protesting non-religious Zionism, because it basically did away with Torah. It is true that they protested religious zionism, but mainly because they associated themselves with the non-religious zionists.

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They also almost all lived before the establishment of the current state. Supporting the establishment of a state is different than supporting an existing state. –  Double AA Feb 17 '13 at 1:38
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i fail to see the relevance of the fact that they were only protesting it's establishment and not it's continuance. –  moses Feb 17 '13 at 1:40
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for example the Steipler: 'עיקר טענת הרב הקדוש מסטמר שליט"א מחמת שלשת השבועות אינו מובן לענ"ד. בוודאי בתחילה היה שלא כדין, אבל עכשיו שאין שלטון אחר לכאורה ליכא איסור מצד הג' שבועות' (קריינא דאיגרתא, בני ברק תשמ"ו, סימן ר"ה, עמ' רכ"ג) –  josh waxman Feb 17 '13 at 3:10
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@Ali I'm not sure what you mean by desires, but your question only asked for sources in Tanach not in other traditions. This narrow focus of yours has been seen in other questions and seems to belie a misunderstanding or non-understanding of the way Jews view the Oral Torah. –  Double AA Feb 17 '13 at 8:08
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I don't think "many Jewish denominations" reject oral torah. Karaites are not "many". –  Monica Cellio Feb 18 '13 at 4:47

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