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Should Israel Remain Democratic Even If that Would Ultimately Lead to it No Longer Being a Jewish State?
Israel must choose to reject democracy in order to protect its Jewish population.
Part of Israel’s purpose is to serve as a refuge for Jewish people. The Holocaust and the persecution of Jews in Arab countries has reinforced that sentiment. This supersedes the sort of political system it should have.
The majority of the Israeli population are Jews (
). The Israeli state has an obligation to them to keep the state Jewish.
The creation of a Basic Law proclaiming Israel a Jewish state would
courts from making decisions that erode Israel’s Jewish nature in the name of preserving its democratic one.
To protect its citizens from violence, Israel must pursue security measures and government policies which either lack democratic support or contradict democratic values.
Democracy is easier and immeasurably more stable as a legal default than theocratic or fundamentalist based law which prioritises the needs of one group.
The Israeli population includes people other than Jews.
of the population in Israel is Arab and people identified as "others" (non-Arab Christians, Baha'i, etc) make up 4.6 percent of the population. It is important to protect all of them too.