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    • Vittorio Antonio
    • 21.01.13 | 21:01 (IST)

    Secular absolutism and national religious absolutism cannot be housed under the same roof. To codify Israel as a "Jewish" state is to promote serious conflict between its citizens which is contrary to establishing an environment where pluralism and creativity can thrive. The duty of a state as an agency of the people is to protect and nurture the integrating processes within its political-territorial domain and to defend against disintegrating processes. A state national religion cannot function in this capacity and as such contributes to disharmony and conflict and ultimately its demise.

    from the article: A Basic Law to save Israel's Jewish identity
    First published 10:20 21.01.13 | Last updated 10:20 21.01.13
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