Israel's nation and the Jewish faith working together as a de facto state religion is what makes Israel too much like Saudi Arabia and Iran which also have a strong comingling of religion and politics. Israel would prosper more if it did complete separation of church and state as is the constitution and practice in the USA. Even the clustering of Christian denominations in the USA does not form an effective voting block because Americans have a lot of attitudes in common regardless of whether or not they even have a religion. The old saying that absolute power corrupts absolutely remains as true today as it ever was. When the same grouping of people claim rights over your soul and your property you have no rights--only the illusion of rights.
Bomb in Lebanon targets bus heading to Syria, no casualties (Reuters)