As usual Gidoen says more by what he leaves out of his article than the agenda driven fact selective part he puts in. Israel as a "Jewish State" was a form of affirmative action for the Jewish People who found thru 2 millenia that the rest of the world (both Christain and Muslim) would not accept them as euzl citizens-either imposing all forms of discriminatory laws or customs, including forced conversions, up to and including murder and genocide. There is no reason to believe that this state of affairs is different to day. Look at the irrational jew hatred throughout Europe, not to speak of the rabid anti-semitism of the muslim world. so yes we need a "Jewish State". The issue of illegal immigrants obtaining de facto citizenship due to their ability to avoid deportation at the earlier stages of their illegality is an issue facing all democracies. Israels situation is unique in that it has a small indigenous population and it is in constant threat from its muslim environment of violent militant destruction. So Israel has every ruight and duty to Jews everywhere to apply policies tht will maintain the viability of this jewish safe haven. As to the internal definition of how "Jewish" the puclic sphere of our lives should be is obviosly a totally different can of worms. I for one support freedom of religion and freedom from religion and would do away with the government sponsored and funded Rabbinical economy that has been developed here without any comprehensive thought of its terrible implications to the healthy development of our religion and society.
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