It goes to the very core of the problem with Zionism - that a new immigrant from America or Russia gets better treatment than people whose families have inhabited the area for centuries. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Michael UK
    • 08.10.10 | 13:54 (IST)

    Israel is basically a democracy - though the apartheid ste-up in the West Bank stinks. Israel is also basically a Jewish state because of the clear Jewish majority among the voting population. Because of that it can quite legitimately have Jewish holidays, use Hebrew as its main language etc. etc. However, Zionists need to pecifically define Israel as the Jewish state because they want to continue the policy that any Jew anywhere in the world can be an Israeli and equally they want ti deny the right of return to the families of Palestinians who used to live there. Unfortunately that set-up isn't consistent with norms in modern western democracies and neither is defining a country specifically by its religious and/or ethnic make-up. It's a mess and, frankly, Zionists would do better to keep the whole subject a little dicrete, because it doesn't play well in the west today. Mind you, what do Lieberman and his cronies know about the West?

    from the article: ANALYSIS / Lieberman's loyalty oath isn't unconstitutional, it's unwise
    First published 01:49 08.10.10 | Last updated 01:49 08.10.10
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