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    • Yaakov Sullivan
    • 05.12.07 | 11:01 (IST)

    Thhis is precisley the dilemma of Zionism and why at its inception, the religious community was so vociferously opposed to it. Zionism was and is a secular movment. As it evolveed it layed claim to being a movement based on the ideals of the enlightment, humanism, fraternité, equalité, liberté (for the Jews in a homeland for the Jews). Within this structure certain provisions were to be made for the religious minority, some who colpromised with the state some who did not. But for those who did, the question of a Constitution was to be avoided. Hence the problem Israel finds itself in today. Many, like these posters here, consider Israel a theocracy, God's Land, where the Torah shall be the "Constitution", making Israel similar to Saudia Arabia or Iran. When it comes to laws dealing with marriage, divorce, rules regarding who is and who is not a member of the ruling ethnos, status of women, non-Jews, gays, there can be no equality.

    from the article: MKs debate protection of 'equality' in future constitution
    First published 00:00 05.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 05.12.07
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