Any democratic country has this conflict, even the US where the separation is explicitly stated. It's not just Israel, but this tension is more prominent here. The challenge of any democratic society is to find ways to resolve those tensions while maintaining a balance of democratic principles of majority rule, equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination, while protecting individual and minority rights. There is no democratic society in which the majority and the minority will always be happy. Recent events are just Israel working out the balance between the Jewish nature of the state the diverse lifestyles of her citizens.
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