# 18 Christian states - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Joseph
    • 09.12.07 | 15:14 (IST)

    By a Christian state I mean, in addition to having an edstablished church, Sunday is the official day of rest, Christian holidays are bank holidays etc. I mean a place where taking off early on Winter Fridays and taking off for Jewish holidays is a major problem for many people, where one has to always take one's own food, where one is always in some way the 'outsider.' By calling Israel a Jewish state I mean that it's rest day is the Sabbath, Jewish holidays are bank holidays, one can eat in quite a few 'normal' restaurtants, etc.

    from the article: The impossible forfeit
    First published 00:00 09.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 09.12.07
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