It is not only the Israeli national camp that was traumatized by the Holocaust and thus views the world with apprehension. The Israeli peace camp also has a distorted view of the world due to that very same trauma.
It is best to admit now that total equality will not exist in the foreseeable future. But still, the process of integrating Haredim and Arabs into national service are goals that we should work toward.
The truly worrisome finding in [the Guttman Center's] study is not the apparent belief in God, but rather the inverse relationship demonstrated ... between this belief and the belief in democratic values: The stricter a respondent's worldview, the less he identified with democratic values.
The proper thing to do is relate the tension between Judaism and democracy as being pressure between manifestations of human dignity: dignity for the universal person, and that for the Jewish person who has the right to political sovereignty.
In the religious community itself, there should be a central moral criterion for judging words of Torah.
Instead of cottage cheese, Israelis should boycott the reality shows that cause serious socio-cultural damage.
A recently passed law allows admission committees to bar new residents who 'do not suit the lifestyle and social fabric of the community'; this legislation is not nice, but certainly not racist.
The ultra-Orthodox attitude toward converts causes serious injustice to thousands of people who want to live as Jews and raise their children that way.
It is not enough to combat anti-democratic terrorism, and it must be combated. The exploitation of democracy that feeds it must also be eliminated.
The direction of public discussion in Israel needs to be reversed - a new vision needs to be created that includes the Arab public.