Monday, April 13, 2015

Israel's settlement policy is inconsistent with a democratic future


Vox media has an analysis by Max Fisher, “Israel’s Dark Future: Democracy in the Jewish state is doomed”, suggesting that Israel’s maintenance of settlements on the West Bank contradicts democracy within Israel and tends to lead to more authoritarian, security-related measures within the country. There is even the attitude that a large portion of the population is more concerned about its religious identity and collective future as a “people” than with individual freedom.
  
I have had the liberty of living in a culture that, in the final analysis, values individualism and that leave religion to the personal experience of the individual.  I don’t respond to collective calls of religious unity.  There is no authority for faith without the individualized experience.  

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