Time to grow up from fairy tales - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '280'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • Russ
    • 18.06.10 | 18:26 (IDT)

    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.

    from the article: Strenger than Fiction / Israel should consider a one-state solution
    First published 12:14 18.06.10 | Last updated 12:14 18.06.10
Haaretz Headlines
Bedouins watch as flames rise after gunmen blew up a terminal of the natural gas pipeline in Sinai.
Egypt gas find could shake up Israel's energy plans

The need to preempt Iran and export gas to Egypt was the reason the government gave to push through its controversial plan for Israel's natural gas. Now, this reason may no longer exist.

08:52 31.08.15 | 1 comments
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
How to get ISIS in the West Bank

The rumored Palestinian plan to build a $13-million presidential palace in the West Bank is a surefire way of gifting local rule to Hamas – or worse.

02:48 31.08.15 | 0 comments
Yentl the matchmaker in "Fiddler on the Roof"

The dating shame: Orthodox obsession with externals

As a married woman, I get to see the other side of the dating world these days – that of the ‘matchmaker’ – and wonder what message is being sent to my generation of bright, religiously passionate women

An Israeli soldier detains a Palestinian boy

A picture of a headlock that's worth a thousand words

Why hasn't the IDF, one of the most sophisticated and advanced militaries in the world learned a damned thing since the first intifada?