Israel has been, and will continue to be, a DEMOCRATIC jewish majority state as it has been since 1948. Gideon pretends that recognizing that the state has a jewish majority takes away from its democratic or "humanistic" characters. From early elections, arab jews who fled muslims countries could vote, black jews, asian jews, indian jews, european jews, and of course all mulsims, christians, druse, atheists and all other religions could as well. All races and religions with israeli citizenship can vote and serve in office as they have been able to do throughout Israels modern history. So Gideon's issue is not so much with equality of the law once a citizen, but HE wants to decide who would be the best NEW citizens. Perhaps he thinks that the Vatican should take in vast numbers of Hindu's that desire to live there. Or that SaidArabia should let in a bunch of christians and buddhist - and to locate them in Meccah and Medina. Thats fine - everyone can have an opinion but Gideon would like his extreme minority voice to make the decision overriding the will of the people as is how a democracy decides. The bottom line is that all religions and races have equal rights with a jewish majority in israel. The MAJORITY has the democratic right to decide who becomes a citizen and that does not discriminate against the existing citizenship of all races/religions. Gideon would do himself well to spend some substantial time at the Bahai worldwide headquarters in israel and see how intolerant israel is to them as opposed to countries like iran and also with the Druze community - perhaps he'll listen to a non-jewish minority that historically has served proudly in the IDF, supported israel as a JEWISH state, with full equal rights since they know the jewish character of the majority in that region of the world is what guarantees that minorities actually do have equal rights.
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