Israel: Neither Democratic or Jewish
Date Written: 03/03/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20758
After 50 years of Occupation, Israel is neither democratic, nor Jewish.
For decades, much of the political struggle within Israel could be traced back to the fundamental conflict anchored in its Janus-faced self-definition coined in the 1980s and legally formalized in 1992 as a "Jewish and democratic" state. While centrist politicians have always emphasized the harmony of these two sets of values, the political wings have stressed their conflicts, with the left wing demanding to enhance democratic values against the Jewish values promoted predominantly by the right. This conflict has now ended in a clear, though somewhat unexpected result: celebrating 50 years of Occupation, Israel has become neither democratic, nor Jewish.