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Is Israel’s Jewishness overtaking its democracy?

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Published: 15 March 2016

Last updated: 4 March 2024

How Israel’s Jewishness is overtaking its democracy - Shibley Telhami – Brookings Institution 11.03.16
According to the Pew poll published on 8 March, nearly half of Israeli Jews seek not only a Jewish majority but even Jewish exclusivity. That doesn’t bode well for Arab-Jewish coexistence in Israel.
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And see: The Pew report and Israel’s separation-integration problem - Alex Sinclair – The Times of Israel 13.03.16
Many of Israel’s current woes, both internal and external, stem from a misconceived polarisation in how the country deals with difference. Communities need gateways to other communities; they shouldn’t exist in impermeable bubbles. The model of ‘linked communities’ is a third way between ‘separation’ and ‘integration’ that should be applied to every aspect of Israeli life.


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