Jewish state NOT THE SAME as a state with Jewish majority - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Haim Shmendrik
    • 09.12.07 | 20:49 (IST)

    Terms are very confusing: it depends on what people mean by "Jewish state" A "Jewish state" the way Israel is now organized means that non-Jews are second class citizens and it is closer to a slightly more liberal version of the Islamic republic of Iran than to any western liberal democracy. On the other hand, Israel could be a liberal non-confessional state which happens to have a majority Jewish population and a dominant culture that is largely identified with Jewish ethnicity and religion. This is closer to a western democracy. Hopefully it will evolve in this direction even if officially it keeps calling itself a "Jewish state".

    from the article: The impossible forfeit
    First published 00:00 09.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 09.12.07
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