It is because what Israel wants is impossible if it wishes to remain a democracy - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • R.Jonas
    • 26.09.11 | 13:00 (IDT)

    Quite simply Israel cannot be a Jewish state or a Jewish homeland without becoming undemocratic and an apartheid state in nature even if not in reality. Judaism is a religion; to define a state by its religion discriminates against all other religions and against atheists. The truth is that religions don't have land rights or homelands and are not states (unless they are backward and undemocratic) or nations or peoples. What Israel wants has no place in a modern, civilized world. The only reason Israel wants to be a religiously defined state is because it allows it to discriminate against the indigenous Palestinians, i.e. give preference to followers of Judaism who are not likely to be Palestinian and because waving the Jewish flag has been the source of the billions in funding, political and private, which has kept Israel afloat. Given that most Jews do not live in Israel and do not want to live in Israel and like other followers of religion live safely and happily as citizens of other nations, makes Israel being a Jewish state a farce.

    from the article: Sources: Quartet push for peace talks weakened by issue of Israel as Jewish state
    First published 10:18 26.09.11 | Last updated 10:18 26.09.11
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