I think Israel suffers from shizofrenia. The constant tension between saudi like religious laws and modern, secularism is so clear to me. Israel always parades so proudly that it is the only democracy in the Middle East. Well, pardon me but the laws do NOT reflect that. As an example I give a random gulfstate, the UAE. Private affairs of muslim citizens are governed by shariah (muslim ;aw similar to halacha) but non-muslims and non private affairs are treated under international law. Sounds similar doesn't it? I think Israel will be forced to decide whether or not it wants to be a religious state and be prepared to deal with the consequences either way. Until Israel has a clear goal or identity, it will remain politically instable and at risk in the arab world.
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies at 82 (Haaretz)
from the article: Better to be a mamzer or to grow up without a father?