If this trend continues, all vestiges of democracy will one day disappear, and Israel will become just another Middle Eastern theocracy. It will not be possible to define Israel as a democracy when a Jewish minority rules over a Palestinian majority between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea — controlling millions of people without political rights or basic legal standing.Even without this trend, however, does it make sense to define Israel as both a Jewish and a democratic state? If Israel is a state for the Jewish people, and there are people who are not Jewish living within its borders, then, by definition non-Jewish citizens are not equal to Jewish citizens. If so, in what sense can Israel be said to be a democratic state?
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
[INTER 2103] Jewish and Democratic?
According to Avraham Burg, "Israel defines itself as 'Jewish and democratic state'." But Burg identifies a trend in Israel and says that