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15 Apr, 2013

Israel is a country running from its future – Haaretz

The anti-Zionist settlement enterprise is casting its shadow over Israel’s future. The settlements depend on ignoring the existence of a huge Palestinian population that Israel cannot control, and anti-Zionist steps that threaten to turn Israel into a non-democratic country where a dark style of religion holds sway. There is no greater harm to Judaism than this trend, which is unacceptable to a majority of the Jewish people and opposed to its tradition.

Avoiding general education, excluding women, opposition to military service and the establishment of special army units for the Haredim who serve; making a distinction in the army between Jews and non-Jews, calls not to rent apartments to Arabs and a decision not to open a school for them in Upper Nazareth − all these harm Judaism and the state. There is no chance that Israel will fulfill its role as the national home for the Jewish people if democratic principles, which are the foundation of Zionism, are impaired.

Read the rest: Israel is a country running from its future – Opinion –  Haaretz Daily Newspaper.