The separation between church and state is necessary, but does not have to be as rigorous as it is in the USA. Look at Italy, for example, - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nemesis
    • 23.08.10 | 15:57 (IDT)

    It is a secular republic and I doubt you would ever attack its democracy the way leftists on Haaretz attack Israel's, yet Catholicism is the 'State Religion' there, priests teach in schools, crucifixes hang in courtrooms and most holidays are Catholic ones. There are hundreds of thousands of non-Catholic Italians, just like there are non-Jewish Israelis, but for some reason Italy being Catholic AND democratic doesn't outrage anyone, but Israel being Jewish AND democratic is simply unacceptable. I wonder why..

    from the article: You can't be a Jewish Muslim
    First published 01:58 23.08.10 | Last updated 01:58 23.08.10
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