why dont we ditch all jewish identity of the state so we can say we are a democracy rather than theocracy - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zionist forever
    • 06.07.11 | 14:50 (IDT)

    Lets have full seperation between religion and state, make religion something that goes in behind closed doors and have a country thats religion neutral. Change all the national symbols like the flag and the symbol menorah have something secular which represents everybody rather than just Jews. Lets stop basing the working days around the the Jewish callendar and lets do things the seculer way .. non Jews don't celebrate Pessach or Yom Kippur so why should the state consider these holy days have the country close down on these days? Why should all the stores close and busses stop on Saturday because not everybody is Jewish and this is discriminating against them isn't it? We have laws allowing Jews to emigrate to Israel on the grounds they are Jewish but that law doesn't apply to non Jews. There are alot of english, russian and french speakers so isn't it time we made all those official languages? Why are children taught Tanach in schools but not the Koran and Christian bible? Why do we continue to hold by zionist values of a Jewish state ... Is it right we even define the country as a Jewish state, don't the muslims and Christians deserve a mention considering the country is not 100% Jewish? The point is Israel exists because the SOLE reason for its creation was to create a JEWISH STATE. We were not looking to create another western relgion neutral country it was meant to be a Jewish state and so if it was anything else it would have no right to exist and all those olim should go back to where they came from. Just because other countries are religion neutral and they believe religion is supposed to be something that takes place behind closed doors doesn't mean we need to follow their example. Being a Jewish state doesn't mean the country is a theocracy because there is more than 1 democratic system in the world and Israel has developed a system that suits Israel rather than the UK, France or the US. Israel is both a Jewish state and its a democracy they can coexist.

    from the article: We must stop Israel from becoming a theocracy
    First published 03:18 06.07.11 | Last updated 03:18 06.07.11
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