I would love to see Israel as a proper secular multi-cultural democracy where all citizens are always equal, no matter whether they're Jew or Arab, man or woman, hetero or gay, black or white. And I know there is a strong part of Israeli society that wants that too. However, there is another strong part of Israeli society pulling in a completely different direction, towards an ethnocratic, dogmatic, religious state where people are separated and defined by Bronze Age religious laws and attitudes. It's too early to say which aspect of Israeli society will prevail, but the signs aren't good, and that's pretty much what America's Jews seem to be saying as well. I can't imagine anyone in Bibi's coalition of extremists and opportunists is very interested though in low-level criticism from US Jews. They'll have to shout a lot louder if they want Bibi to listen.
Palestinians: Man, 65, lightly wounded from overnight Israeli airstrikes in Gaza Strip (Haaretz)
from the article: 'U.S. Jews concerned over state of pluralism in Israel'
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