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    • arik
    • 18.07.10 | 14:24 (IDT)

    You are right. The minority has a right TO FORCE the majority....( let me add) if it can. However, it works the other way around as well. The majority has the right to force laws that sometimes the minority dislikes but has to comply. The only condition is that the minority should have the right to have rights, which are vocing discontent, voting, publishing and resisting according to the law. At the end of the day in the democratic game, we can reach either an overlapping consensus ( compromise) or if it does not work, the majority wins. ( ONLY WHEN THE LIBERAL RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY ARE PROTECTED) That is what democracy is about. In present times, democratic majorities are decided to win. In your specific case, the majority has decided that the state is democratic and jewish. ( That means that the law of return is jewish and the public sphere in the state is jewish) You have the right to comply, because your rights are and should be preserved. But at the end of the day the majority decides.

    from the article: Loyalty to the state is enough
    First published 01:47 18.07.10 | Last updated 01:47 18.07.10
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