Reader comment on: The Jewish State Debate
Submitted by Michael Barbere (United States), Oct 20, 2010 12:12
Coming from an American upbringing, the demands that Israel place upon their newly nationalized citizens that they swear fealty to a Jewish State is quite foreign. I certainly don't expect Israel to follow the principles of a constitutional republic such as the United States, and that the country belongs to its citizens regardless of ethnic background or religion. It is easy to understand that Americans will view Israel's "democratic decision of its elected parliament, Israel has chosen to define herself as Jewish" as antithetical to their ideas of what a nation state should be.
Israel is certainly democratic but without legal protections for the rights of all of her citizens, she will begin to take the route that undermine the legitimacy of all democratic states. Namely, that the majority can continually strip away at the rights of the minority. After all democracy without legal protections is a pack of wolves and a sheep deciding what is for dinner.
Just an observation: I don't have a dog in this fight.
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