Yes, there are some aspects of Israel which are theocratic: marriage laws, no public transportation on Shabbat and holidays, etc. But in a halachic theocracy I would be put in jail for cooking or driving on Saturday or mixing milk and meat in the same pot. There would be no television broadcasts on Shabbat, no Tiv Taam to shop in, no cinemas open on a Saturday morning. People who can't get married under religious law would not be able to go to Cyprus and marry by civil ceremony. As in many democratic countries, Israel's laws are a patchwork of compromises. Sometimes the religious parties win, sometimes they lose in their attempts to force the secularists to obey halacha. It is messy, it is sometimes arbitrary and unfair, but it is not anywhere near being a theocracy. Let's keep it that way.
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from the article: Gideon Levy / Let's face the facts, Israel is a semi-theocracy
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