In other words, what Gideon Levy suggests is to follow his raison d'etre .... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Smadar
    • 23.06.13 | 15:35 (IDT)

    What Levy is asking is more like placating his own developed rejectionism and personal interests in all realms, to then be categorized as a legitimate nation. First of all, I take offense that Levy continues to espouse that Israel is a "regime" - no it's a Parliamentary democracy with 28 parties. It's last 2013 election voted in a moderate coalition government. Israel's legitimacy stems over 3000 years of history. The source of its status as a nation-state based on national (political) and religious connotation - thanks to the Biblical King David - is just as applicable today. It's not "purely ethnic" because there is no such thing today as a "purely ethnic" Jew! I'm an Israeli Jew of Babylonian ancestry and my kids are Canadian-Israeli-Babylonian-Polish-Russian Jewish ancestry. Judaism entails not only religious but a national connection and that's the uniqueness of the Jewish civilization and should be accepted as such. The two-states resolution to the conflict with the Palestinians sustains that uniqueness which does not have to be habitually defended time after time. A modern democracy has to accept every citizen's rights applicable to the nation's statutes.

    from the article: Is Israel a legitimate state?
    First published 02:19 23.06.13 | Last updated 02:19 23.06.13
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