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Is Israel Really a Democracy? Secular or Jewish April 7, 2008

Posted by Daniel Downs in Declaration of Independence, democracy, Freedom of Religion, Israel, Jews, law, liberalism, Muslims, news, Palestinians, politics, religion, secularism, Torah.
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Shulamit Aloni is one Israel’s leading liberals. In a November 2007 Ha’aretz article, Aloni wrote,

“The government of Israel, with all due respect, does not represent the Jewish people but rather the citizens of the state of Israel who elected it. Israel is a sovereign state, which is still considered to be a democracy. In other words, it is a state for all of its citizens. Therefore, it must not demand of the Palestinians to recognize it as a Jewish state….”

Later in the article, Aloni says, “The state of Israel was established as a civilian state, as a state of law, and not as a state of Halakha….” Here he is specifically defending the presumed right of Palestinians to adhere to their religion as first class citizens irregardless of Jewish law. He later makes a similar argument for secular citizens like himself. Then, after criticizing the religious Jews, he makes a revealing statement about the rights under Israeli law:

“In the document establishing the state, it was promised that there would be “complete equality of rights for all its citizens regardless of origin, race, or gender.”

Notice, the document referred to by Aloni is Israel’s Declaration of Independence. His statement implies that no such religious right even exists except on his own authority. Could it be that a state founded for the Jews was meant for a Jewish people? The reason British and American leaders pushed for a Jewish state in the 1940s was for the Jewish people of Europe and the Islamic Middle East to have a homeland where religious and ethnic discrimination and the threat of genocide would be prevented. History reveals those Islamic nations attempted to prevent their second-class Jewish inhabitants from migrating to the intended Jewish state of Israel.

Aloni apparently has forgotten what the The Declaration Of The Establishment Of The State Of Israel actually states. The following are excerpts to show why Aloni’s liberal position is wrong:

“The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of Books.” (Emphasis added.)

This introductory statement ties the creation of the new state with the ancient state founded on the Torah. It emphasizes a Jewish identity of the citizens of this new Jewish state.

“On the 29th November, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz-Israel….” (Emphasis added.)

“ACCORDINGLY WE, MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE’S COUNCIL, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF ERETZ-ISRAEL AND OF THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT, ARE HERE ASSEMBLED ON THE DAY OF THE TERMINATION OF THE BRITISH MANDATE OVER ERETZ-ISRAEL AND, BY VIRTUE OF OUR NATURAL AND HISTORIC RIGHT AND ON THE STRENGTH OF THE RESOLUTION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, HEREBY DECLARE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A JEWISH STATE IN ERETZ-ISRAEL, TO BE KNOWN AS THE STATE OF ISRAEL.” (Emphasis added.)

As you can see, the modern state of Israel was and is supposed to be the rebirth of the Jewish state of a Jewish people in continuance with Jewish history and the Torah. It was not a duplication of the Left’s egalitarian and atheistic ideal of what a state should be.

Contrary to Aloni’s statement above, Israel’s Declaration does mention freedom of religion, but religious freedom does not preclude state law and Israeli culture from conforming to Jewishness and Judaism anymore than did early American law and culture to the principles of Christianity and the Bible. It is the deceptiveness of liberals that have duped the masses of people into believing their secular positions are valid.

What astounds me is Aloni’s pretension of a non-Jewish state on behalf of Islamic Arabs. The reason for Israel’s existence was for a Jewish homeland not a Palestinian or multicultural one. If Palestinians do not like Zion’s Jewishness, they should leave. Maybe secularists and Leftist liberals should too.

The question of whether Israel is a democracy as viewed by Aloni is whether law and culture conforms to the Left’s view of democracy. Aloni rightly defines democracy as representative government. Because Islamic Arabs and atheists exist in Israel, Aloni presumes a representative state is religiously neutral. That is why Aloni claims the Knesset cannot expect Muslim Arab citizens to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Such a presumptuous view means Israel must deny its reason for existence. Israel must be an atheistic not a Jewish state because that is the view of those who Aloni represents, which is the ideology of the elite Left.

The founders of the Jewish state had other intentions made evident in the Declaration of the Jewish state of Israel. Their definition of the Jewish state of Israel did not contradict the charter of the United Nations but rather conformed to it. This fact suggests that it is the Left represented by those like Aloni who violate Israel’s Jewish democracy.

I suspect that the underlying issue is not religious freedom or democratic principle. As far as Islamic Arabs are concerned, the real issue is the contradiction between Jewish law derived from Torah and Sha’ria law derived from the Qu’ran. This is also becoming an issue in Western nations where Muslims comprise a substantial part of the population.

In my next post on this subject, I intend to show why the current state of Israel democracy dominated by the Left not only opposes Jewish statehood but contradicts the very principle of representation claimed by Aloni.

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Comments»

1. Reba - February 4, 2011

Shulamit Aloni is a woman…

2. Al - July 13, 2011

You must be crazy stupid or just a jew.. Israel is not a democracy plain and simple! Is not a state for all it’s citizens! It is state for the jews only! what does that equal… and just because you think its for all it’s citizens doesn’t make it true… go read some recent history


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