To say that “religious identity cannot be defined only through their spiritual content” is obviously not true. Judaism maintained its core identity over hundreds of years based on its religious identity, not by way of belonging to an exclusively Jewish political-territorial community. Christians learned from their history that if a political-territorial community is exclusively Catholic or Protestant not only is the value of the religion and the state diminished, but the human rights of non-Christians are inevitably violated. The case may very well be that secular Jews not being religious find unity belonging to a state that is defined as exclusively “Jewish.” If Jews requires a contrived structure (a state) to preserve their identity as “Jews”, then one may question the viability of Judaism as a religion. On the other hand, the fact that a religion at times serves a trans religious purpose such as improving the lives of its adherents via national aspirations does not mean that the religion would not survive in the absence of a national identity.
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from the article: The Gospel according to Sand: We are not Jews