Hey Jake I read what you wrote and I have to conclude that your thoughts are rather sick, at best. I have lived here for twelve years and am always amazed at the tolerance of this society. OK get back onto your seat, originally from Canada, i became used to a society that was made up of many peoples of different backgrounds, but they all ended up taking on the characteristics of the founding culture, the English. While the governement funded multi-culturalism the society placed very rigid expectations on the folk, creating a well ordered English colonial society. On the other-hand what I have experienced here is a society that does not pay lip-service to multi-culturalism but lives it everyday. This is not easy nor does it lead to the well-oiled cultural mechanism that is Canada. I am married to a woman of Morrocan parents and the differences in culture are obvious both good and bad. But this is Israel, this is a place where everyone acts as they wish. It manifests itself politically in a democratic and electoral system which serves to reinforce it's multi-cultural, lingistic and religious makeup. kIf not for the continuous state of war, which in most other countries would have long ago lead to a total totalitarian regime, Israelis carry on in a relatively free environment. Usually in a society heading for a civil war mosques, synagogues and community centers would have be burned and destroyed, the religious and homosexuals would experience beatings, but Israel continues on. The streets here are crazy with the colours of people, clothing and the beautiful cultural mix which is sraeli music. This society is only getting better, taking in it's immigrants and sllowing them to be who they are. No to civil war is is superfulous, mad and is simply not going to happen. As for a perfect democracy? show me the perfect human being?
Palestinian youths throw stones at security forces in Shoafat, E. Jerusalem; none injured (Haaretz)
from the article: Does Israel want peace?