It's name is the Jewish (not Democratic) Land fund - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Dovid Yehuda
    • 31.07.07 | 22:41 (IDT)

    Mr. Arens seems to overlook that the JNF is a Jewish institution whose mission is to settle the Land of Israel with Jews. When balancing the dual princiles of Jewish and Democratic, Israel ought to swing towards the Jewish pole when confronted with conflicts with pure democratic principles, since to do otherwise wold eventually spell the end of Israel's Jewish statehood, and create a Lebanon - with stong tendancies to become an Arab majority. Also, while it is true that "ultra-Orthodox" youth have exemptions from serving in the IDF, actually more than half are non-religious Jewish Israelis avoiding IDF service, and this was just reported: "... the IDF reported damning statistics showing a sharp rise in the number of teenagers dodging military service. The total reaches 25 percent of youth born in 1989 and scheduled to enlist in the IDF this summer. Of the 25%, some 11% received exemptions this year on grounds of being ultra-Orthodox ..." http://tinyurl.com/2unhm8

    from the article: Violating the norms of democracy
    First published 00:00 31.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 31.07.07
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