I agree with every word of this. One thing is lacking from the argument: Israel's history and its Jewish majority make it imperative to discuss how Judaism (the religion), Jewishness (the ethnicity) and the fact of the Holocaust should positively influence the state of Israel. Would preferential right of return for Jews be acceptable, given the historical facts of Israel's founding? Is a socialist or welfare state a necessary part of the constitution (or Basic Law), given the principles of the founders, the teaching of the prophets and the inclination of the majority? What? Mr. Levy is right, but a positive meaning must be found for the 'Jewish state' formulation embodied in the UN resolution that created Israel.
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