December 16, 2007

THE AFRIKAANER OPTION:

Smashing the Demographic Demon (Emanuel Shilo, 12/16/07, B'Sheva)

The most basic and most just response to this claim is that when we describe Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state," we do not mean to equate between Jewishness and democracy. Never, even in our most glorious periods, did the Nation of Israel have a democracy - at least not in the sense that it is understood today. Judaism is the soul of our life and the purpose of our existence, while democracy is just a system of governance that happens to be the most suitable for our times; as Churchill said, it is the 'worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time.' We cannot say that we must ensure Israel's Jewish character - while at the same time trampling basic Jewish values. In sum: to the extent that there is a clash between the Jewish value of inheriting the Land and the democratic value of granting political rights to everyone wherever they live - the Jewish value wins out.

You can be racially Jewish and antidemocratic, but not religiously.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 16, 2007 12:00 AM
Comments for this post are closed.