I think an Israeli secular state, inclusive of all its people, is a great idea. I think the early state of Israel (1948) suffered from the religious fascists who imposed their views on the population. My family (now in Canada) was in Haifa in 1949 when religious authorities decreed that meat rations could only be obtained through their synagogue - this after having turned away a freezer ship of Argentinian beef because it was "un-kosher". Because my family is secular Jewish they had no place to go and were turned away. Events such as these have convinced me that religion is one of the most obscene forces in the world today. Can you imagine someone telling you that he follows the scripture of the easter bunny or Santa Claus and that those who didn't were heretics. Worse still, imagine this lunatic exploding bombs in public places because people mocked the Easter Bunny. This is what I see when I see the Taliban, the Haredi or Southern Baptist fundamentalists. Basing your state on religious concepts will lead to debasement in the long term. Building a state based on the rule of secular law, fairness and equality will at least give you a chance to establish a stronger nation in the long run.
High school teacher's union threatens strike (Haaretz)
from the article: Strenger than Fiction / Israel should consider a one-state solution