Kris we aren't talking about a religiously Jewish state - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Margie in Tel Aviv
    • 09.12.07 | 18:26 (IST)

    Your country observes Sunday as a token day of rest I'm sure, and makes some movement towards acknowledging some of the main Christian holidays as public holidays. Perhaps your streets are already lit for Christmas and your children expect Christmas presents as advertised in the shops in a big way? In this way your country is a Christian state. Israel is a Jewish state in the way that Austria is a Christian state, Saturday is the official day of rest, though most people don't work on Friday - the Moslem day - either. Sunday is a normal working day. Our public holidays are holy days according to the Jewish festivals. It's not a religious state though the religious Jews, who have a democratic right to ask this, would like it to be a religious state, just as the Moslems would like it to be more Moslem and the Christians would prefer it to be more Christian. I don't understand if you are blaming us in your final sentence for not knowing what peace is, or acknowledging my point.

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