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Why Should Israel Be a “Jewish State”?

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With peace talks underway between Israel and the Palestinians, Fareed Zakaria of CNN asked an inane question of Israeli ambassador Michael Oren. Why, he wanted to know, does Israel insist on recognition as a Jewish state? Ambassador Oren helpfully explained that the adjective “Jewish” is a national, not religious, designation and that Israel has no official state religion.

Among the 80% of Israelis who count as Jews, many are not at all religious. Moreover, if Palestinian Arabs insist on a new, first-ever “Palestinian” state why should that national designation that’s just 50 years old get more recognition than a Jewish nationality that goes back at least 3,000 years?

If Palestinians retain the classic anti-Semitic assumption that Jews count as the only people on earth with no right to their own homeland, then the peace talks will go nowhere.

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  1. Alfonso Rodriguez  •  Aug 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I think that Israel has every right to exist, and, like many jews, I am not at all religious. That said, I also think that Israel should not, should NOT, acquiesce to Palestinian demands.If you give these people an inch they will soon want more. Also, Israel should try to remain ever vigilant to extemists such as Iranian Nazi’s trying to develop nuclear weapons. I can’t believe that Iran’s nuclear bomb making facilities have not been bombed out of existance already.

  2. Planet earth is the holy land we are all chosen  •  Aug 6, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Only 3000 years? Hell Native American nationality goes back 25000 years. Can they return from their forced exile to reservations and reestablish their 12+++ tribes?

  3. Ben  •  Aug 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Israel must be a Jewish state. I am pro-Israel and I support this notion. I also admire Israel’s sensible Immigration policies. However, Mr. Medved wants us to support Amnesty for Illegal immigrants and an open borders immigration policy. Michael, you are a hypocrite. Just as Israel ust be a Jewish state America must be an American country. Not a third world hell-hole “melting pot” and a “beacon of immigration”.

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