It is more tribal and sectarian than many North African countries. Best description would that it is a country in the state of flux. There is no constitution, no accurate description of its character. Jewish and democratic clearly implies that it is a theocracy. And democracy is at odds with theocracy. Just like Iran isn't a democracy, due to the fact that it elevates one religion, and one religious group above all other, same thing applies to Israel.
UN: Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020 if trends continue (AP)
from the article: Hundreds of Jews hurl rocks at cars in Jerusalem