Dan #103: you can't regulate Jewish identity - - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • ivo
    • 29.09.09 | 17:37 (IST)

    hi dan, - i'm not sure exactly where you're heading w/your comment on jewish identity within the state of israel. how is "nationality defined by the modern nation state" in your view? & where's the difference compared to other democratic nation states? i think there's no doubt the identity has evolved, particularly over the past 2 centuries. it has spread in several directions & there's nothing homogeneous about it anymore. there's still a distinct identification there unless assimilation has in fact taken place. what's crucial in this debate is that the jewish state was in fact conceived as a modern nation state w/a secular political system & as a democracy. so the issue is one of consistency. israel does make a full, vibrant jewish identity possible, in various forms. but each one has to be free as to how he wishes to realize this. in any case, a national "israeli" identity is a fact already that can't be altered, wherever one stands w/reg. to "jewishness" individually.

    from the article: Why Israel must become a secular state: a thought for Yom Kippur 5770
    First published 16:53 27.09.09 | Last updated 16:11 13.11.09
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