Bernie -- Israel is by no means a theocracy - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 01.06.07 | 18:52 (IDT)

    While Israel is to be considered a "Jewish" state, it's form of government is strictly secular. Simply put, religious law is not the civil law of the country. For example, nobody is required to observe Shabbat on Saturday (or any other day). Pork is not against the law. Rabbis have no standing to issue rulings or penalties that pertain to citizens across the board. There is no religious test for civic participation including holding public office right up to the prime minister. In fact, while the actual president was out of the country recently, the acting president of the state of Israel (for a few days) was a Druze. (or would that be "was Druze" my appologies to those who would know). Some matters of family law are controlled by the religious authorities, but only for those who are Jewish. Issues such as marriage, divorce and conversion come to mind. But, it should be made clear, that Israel's govt. and the Israeli state was not set up to be (and is not currently) a theocracy

    from the article: IDF: No Gaza ground operation due to fear of war with Syria
    First published 00:00 01.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 01.06.07
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