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    • H. Horovitz
    • 16.03.14 | 22:52 (IST)

    The uniqueness of Jewish history makes the comparison between Israel and any other country with its Christian or Muslim majority not a good comparison. There are 25 countries in the world with an over 94% Christian population and 49 Muslim majority countries. These countries do not need to declare or identify as Christian or Muslim countries because the overwhelming number the population is Christians or Muslim and thus, de facto, they are Christian, Muslim countries - no need to state the obvious. In Israel, approximately 80% of the population will say they are Jewish, so here too one can argue de facto it is a Jewish state. However, the challenge to our heritage and physical existence is a constant, as it was throughout Jewish history. The secret to the survival of the Jewish people (and Jewish scholars are unanimous about it), has been throughout the ages, adherence to Torah. Jews in many ways are like other members of the larger human society, but in some way are unlike non-Jews. Israel in many ways is a country like other countries of the world, yet again, in some way it is not. The Sun is a star but a star is not a sun because the Sun has a number of unique characteristics which sets it apart. You can say you are human, but human is not you. While Israel can acknowledge that it is a member of the nations of the earth, the countries of the earth is not Israel. The fact that Israelis have not reached a strong unified consensus on identity, that`s another matter for debate.

    from the article: Israel’s nation-state talk means the return of the yellow star
    First published 00:31 16.03.14 | Last updated 20:31 15.03.14
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