What will Israel come to mean for Jews like myself? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 28.04.11 | 12:50 (IDT)

    Will Israel ultimately become an irrelevance for those Jews who cannot support a religious and ultra-nationalist state? As a Jew and a Zionist I was proud of Israel: how it absorbed waves of immigrants, developed a strong economy, built a thriving economic, social and cultural infrastructure - and at the same time won wars that threatened its very existence. In recent years that pride has turned to shame as the most right-wing government in Israel's history has turned its back on peace negotiations, continued to expand the settlements, increasingly ensured that Israel's non-Jewish citizens are equal in name only, allowed racist values to flourish, welcomed into government those who want religious to replace secular law, and taken the arrogance of believing that the rest of the world must dance to its tune to new heights. How do I on an individual basis deal with this? I hope for better things and I expect the worse. I no longer speak with pride about the country, I continue to support social justice groups and, on a daily basis, I grow ever more pessimistic. It seems a far cry from the days when Kahane's movement was banned as an illegal organisation to the virtual quiescence that greeted the publication of Hatorat Hamelech. I

    from the article: Arab world is deposing rulers, Israel is blowing leaves
    First published 01:46 28.04.11 | Last updated 01:46 28.04.11
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