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    • Proud Secular Jew
    • 23.10.10 | 15:18 (IST)

    "There is an enormous difference between a nation-state formed by the majority of its citizens and a theocracy that forces on us a definition based on religion." This argument denies the very premise of Jewish nationalism - that Jewish identity is not a religious but a national marker. There may be a recently-formed Israeli people consisting of Jews, Arabs, Russians and others living in the state, but the actual legitimacy of the existence of the state can only be based upon its identity as the nation-state of the Jewish people, whose homeland it has been for 3,000 years. Not recognizing the FACT that Israel is the Jewish state - not in a religious but a national sense - is a deception of the reality and denies self determination to the Jews. The modern Israeli nation is only 62 years old. The Jewish people is 3,000 years old. Recognizing Israel as the Jewish state will not deny rights to anyone else living in Israel's borders. It will simply acknowledge that the Jews are a legitimate national community with a historic connection to their homeland.

    from the article: Who will recognize the Israeli nation?
    First published 02:41 22.10.10 | Last updated 02:41 22.10.10
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