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Forget About Jewish or Democratic. Is Israel Even an Actual Country?

Yuli Tamir.
Yuli Tamir
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Many people have been wondering recently whether Israel is a democratic country or a Jewish and democratic one. Or has Israel’s democracy been eroded perhaps, turning it into an autocratic country?

I would like to ask a much simpler question. Is Israel a country? Based on the accepted (and most simplistic) definition, a country is a sovereign political organization that controls a defined territory. Its inhabitants are subject to a common authority and are governed by an independent government with the right to establish diplomatic relations or to declare war against other sovereign countries.