- a secular state, ie one w/a secular political system as opposed to a theocratic one. it's sufficient to take a walk in the center of tel aviv /to watch israeli TV channels for a while to know that. a truly democratic system has to be secular by definition. people w/no inside knowledge of israel get this mixed up - there's no comparison of israel to theocratic islamic regimes f.ex. people also mix "secular political system" w/"secularization" of society, which is a different category altogether. what strenger is talking about, though, is the stranglehold the orthodox establishment has over israeli politics w/reg. to their monopoly in religious matters as well as due to the key tipping positions held by religious parties in nearly every coalition government. the separation of synagogue & state isn't clear /clean enough. the state should f.ex. not give any verdict of "who's a jew" in a halakhic sense (the rabbinate can do that), only whether one qualifies for citizenship. period.
One child, police officer killed in attacks in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey (Reuters)
from the article: Why Israel must become a secular state: a thought for Yom Kippur 5770