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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.
Israel was created after the horrors of the Holocaust as a place of refuge for the Jewish people. That is more important than the kind of political system they 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.