But IS Israel really a jewish state? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • dana
    • 09.12.07 | 15:31 (IST)

    Says the Reb: "To ask a Muslim or Christian who is an Israeli citizen to regard himself as a citizen of a Jewish state is to expect him to declare himself a perennial outsider within his own country" But it's even doubtful that many if not most of jewish diaspora consider the super-secular majority of israeli citizens to actually be really jewish. That is, once we equate Judaism with certain values and traditions. Lighting hannukah candles, dressing up in Purim and marching to patriotic songs does not jew make. It may make a n israeli national, or a "zionist" but that would not require recognition of Jewishness that really has no longer a relevance to the lives of the majority of citizens. I'd suggest that Jews are just as much a minority in israel as Arabs & others. Therefore asking for recognition of a "Jewish"" character is silly. Maybe define 1st "what -not who-is a Jew"? True Jewish values are now pursued and developed outside the country anyways. So what's the fuss all about?

    from the article: The impossible forfeit
    First published 00:00 09.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 09.12.07
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