That is the Conundrum of Zionism - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yaakov Sullivan
    • 06.05.10 | 15:46 (IDT)

    They never solved the problem. They amke the claim but they don't know how to implement it. Either one or the other, but it is diffiuclt to maintain both. There is no place in Israel as it is currently formulated for Christians or Jews, or better, theere may be if they do not assert any collective identity, as individuals it is easier. But for collective group identity such as the 20% of the population that is Arab, it is not possible. They must be excluded from many important facets of national life. They can vote, yes, but their parites are marginalised and attacked as fifth columnists because they do not share the zionist vision. They want to live as full, equal citizens, with the identical rights that Jews have and this is not possible. Zionism has not solved this and what they have ended up with is not real democracy but an ethnocracy. This is a real danger when nationalism and religion are cojoined as in Isreal, or Saudia Arabia, but then they do not have the chutzpah to declare themselves a democracy.

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