I wonder though, could this be a Mediteranean thing? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Zev Davis
    • 07.08.13 | 22:46 (IDT)

    In Greece, Italy, Cyprus, and Malta there is a connection between the Church and the State. In fact, the religious intrastructures have a history of preserving their national identiites, as in the case of those nations that were part of Islamic empires. That many of the people in those nations are secular is obvious to the Israel tourist, yet, Greeks, Bulgarians, and Serbs are not anti-clerical in the same way as our Isreali opinion leaders--they live with anomaly and clebrate the "Orthodox Christian" holy days as national holidays. Heck, wasn't Cyrpus ruled by an Archbishiop?! Maybe we should stop chepping about the "ultra" nonsense and accept the fact that we are a nation with our kind of beleiving, some of us more observant and others less so. with a certain common middle ground where there is a certtain level of agreement.

    from the article: Why did secular Israelis win Shabbat shopping but forego secular marriage?
    First published 17:09 01.08.13 | Last updated 17:09 01.08.13
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