In Israel, religion and state should keep their distance
Ben-Gurion's failure to separate religion and state from the beginning has created a situation in which a religious minority exerts extraordinary control over Israeli society.
One of the main mistakes made by the first government of Israel, under the leadership of Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, is that it didn't separate the Jewish religion from the state. This attests, among other things, to the fact that Ben-Gurion and his colleagues in Mapai (the forerunner of Labor) were not genuine socialists. Genuine socialists would have separated religion and state. The failure to...
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