This is what makes us different from the rest of the region. Becoming a religious state would make us much the same as other Middle-Eastern nations. Additionally, the ultra orthodox would want to rule. Sounds very similar to Iran doesn't it? And to govern a country in the 21st century based on ideals and borders from thousands of years ago makes no sense in today's world. Every single country on the planet would have to alter their borders if we go back thousands of years and most countries didn't even exist back then. Same goes for electricity and other modern day conveniences. Funny, the ones who cry the most about Israel becoming more of a religious state are often moving to the US because the quality of life (based on materialism) is better. If you truly believe in Zionism to that extent, you should be living in Israel, contributing to society as a whole and fighting in the army. They want to have their cake and eat it too!
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