Israel is not a "jewish state" for many reasons - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Stephanie Mazerelli
    • 13.11.09 | 23:03 (IST)

    First, some 25% of the citizens are not jewish. Secondly, at least 20% who carry Israeli passport do not live in Israel, nor have any plans to do so, but are counted as citizens. Thirdly, the ultra-orthodox who are the most jewish amongst the jews and constitute at least 20% of them, do not accept the state of Israel since it is a theological blasphemy to declare a state before the arrival of the Messiah, and the Messiah has not yet come. So with only 45% of Jews left, half of whom are secular, how exactly is this a jewish state? It is a state with jewish majority.

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    First published 15:25 13.11.09 | Last updated 19:23 13.11.09
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