Gideon, do you mean you only just noticed? That is what Israel is all about. As a dynamic, freer-than-most society, we shall always be seeking to strike the correct balance between the beacon of religious observance and personal freedom. As a secular Orthodox Jew - that is having no illusions that it is possible to invent a course of non-Jewish observance as a salve to conscience, my neighbours and I greet each other on Saturday mornings, they on their way to a nearby synagogue and I on my way to the beach. No name-calling, no one beating you up 'because you killed Jesus', children normally marrying Jewish spouses - bliss and if you don't know what I am talking about, you are very lucky. Why is it that many of those, apart from the ultra religious, who think that Israel should not exist as a Jewish State are associated with what is loosely termed 'the Peace Camp'? Gideon, this time you have a point and are helping to maintain the delicate balance with which most of us can live.
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from the article: Gideon Levy / Let's face the facts, Israel is a semi-theocracy
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