A Jewish Nation-state Is for Israelis With Identity Anxiety

The demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel’s exclusively Jewish nature stems from angst about the country’s identity.

“They’ve forgotten what it is to be Jewish,” Benjamin Netanyahu whispered into the not particularly attentive ear of Rabbi Yitzhak Kadouri back in 1997. “They” referred to pork-eating, leftist, holier-than-thou Israelis, at least half the population (minus the Arabs, who are not yet required to be Jewish). Real Jews, a la Netanyahu, are those whose Israeli identity...