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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentOther - Politics & Government · 9 years ago

Why is Israel defined as a "Jewish state"?

How is the concept of Zionism a legitimate one? Many people occupied the historical land of Israel/Palestine, like the Persians, Romans, Babylonians, Arabs, Greeks And Jews. It's a fact that Jews come from different backgrounds. Israel belonging to the Jews is like an Indonesian Muslim claiming Saudi Arabia as his land.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Israel can be defined as a jewish state because the constitution and the laws of the country distinguish between jews and non-jews

    For this reason it has sometimes been accused of being a racist state

    Whether 'the jews' can claim israel as their own is a different question

    "God said we could" doen't work unless you happen to worship the same god and believe in the same books

    In my opinion, jews have a right to live in the lands of israel but not an *exclusive* right

    One last thing is that sometimes anyone criticising the actions of the government of israel is accused of being anti-semitic which is as stupid as anyone criticising obama as being against the american people

    There is no "right" answer, it all depends on how you balance religious belief (or dogma) against justice ( or expedience) and a huge number of other factors - the weight you give to each changes the "answer"

    This is a huge question and not really suited to a short Q / A format

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  • 9 years ago

    The creation of Israel is in close connection with the holocaust, which happened during WW2. The state was created with support of the victorious allied forces: the USA, Great Britain and France, as well as Soviet Union. Jewish question had by no mean been "solved" by the Nazis, nor by anyone else. Persecution of Jews in Europe had had a long tradition. Their communities were wide spread in medieval Europe. They were successful money lenders, skilled craftsmen. These communities were well organized and closely connected and they were very successful. All of this contributed to ever growing resentment and envy by the rest of population, which often resulted in bloodshed. Something just had to be done, so they created this state together with some Jews who had never abandoned their dream of returning into their land.

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  • diego
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    9 years ago

    just because is the only place in the world where every jew can live without been persecuted , discriminated or killed on racist backgrounds like they were all along the history (with the peak in WWII).

    That was the idea of the zionist organization funded in the end of the 19th century : an homeland for the jews ,and that's one of the important laws in Israel : every jew in the world can emigrate to Israel.

    Israel defines for it self who is entitled to live in its country exactly as any other country does the same through very strict immigration laws.

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  • Alex G
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    You shouldn't really link religion with government. That was one clever Jew who warned against mixing God's and Ceaser's. It never ends well when you do it no matter what the underlying religion is. I believe that the people of Israel regardles of religious, ethnic or other preferences will make the right choice and drop religion from the definition of their state. That will only increase the respect for it.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    it just sounds good.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    of course.

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