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    • arik
    • 08.08.10 | 08:12 (IDT)

    political processes. Otherwise the entrance into the jewish state would be political and not religious. The jewish character of the state should defined by the public sphere and its symbols. Nothing more than that. However, in order to preserve the state as democratic you need a clear majority of jews and that is possibloe through manipulation of immigration proceses. Every country nowadays either directly or indirectly manipulates their makup, and heed cultural compatibility. This is not quite liberal but it is what liberal countries are doing The attitude towards foreign workers children are a case in point proving the difference between an open democratic jewish state and the current one controlled by orthodox. Those children should be considered an integral part of the jewish people not just of Israel. They are by consiousness part of the jewish isareli fabric. It only takes a moderate conservative rabbi and all of them are jews. Adn what about arab Muslims??? Just ask the French what about them or the swiss

    from the article: Missing the forest
    First published 01:17 08.08.10 | Last updated 01:17 08.08.10
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