In Palestine itself the percentage of atheism with self-identified Jews is far higher,approximately 80% so they are clearly not there for religious reasons. I honestly believe no Jewish person could give an answer to this question,although it will surely make them angry. But they would not be able to respond with an honest and well-thought-out explanation for you. I think they have entirely lost touch with the original purpose,which was indeed that of a safe-haven - now meaningless in today's world where Jews thrive in multi-cultural societies throughout the world. To some extent zionism has become a substitute for religion as Judaism continues it's decline. It is now the primary source of identification for a cultural group that has hitherto depended on religion as a source of cultural identity; one must remember that Jews are not an ethnicity; there are Jews who are Black and Jews who are Arab. And most of course are European,predominately eastern European. At some level the entire enterprise has become a cash cow on both ends,the recipient of vast amounts of U.S. military aid on the one hand and U.S. munitions manufacturers making fantastic profits from it on the other. But for the most part it has simply become a kind of mania for the majority of Jews and former jews - meaning "secular" Jews - and in my opinion has taken on the cast of a kind of mass popular delusion. Why must there be a Jewish State in Palestine? There simply is no reason - and that is the most sensitive aspect of all. That is why raising this question is in itself such a flashpoint for intense hatred and aggression. It cannot be answered positively by Jews. And although "obsession" may be an overstatement as regards the individual zionist,it is no overstatement in broad political terms. On that level Jews collectively act as if reality itself would disintegrate if Palestine had a normal government. The life of your average American Jew would not in fact be affected even slightly by the dissolution of the zionist state,but to any American Jewish organization the very prospect is equated with "annihilation" - as though a change in the system of government in Palestine would somehow cause 13 million Jews to just fall over and die. Bluntly put,when it comes to the "Israeli" government most Jews are simply beyond the reach of reason.