Tagged nation-state law

Too much democracy can stifle progress, make governing impossible

Some 30 years ago an American friend who is a political scientist, came to Israel for a professional visit. Before he headed back home, I asked him for his verdict on the Israeli political system. He didn’t hesitate: “Too much democracy.” I asked him to explain, and he said:… Read more »

Israel’s nation-state law motion shatters fragile equilibrium

For years, whenever my non-Israeli friends would ask me to explain to them the meaning of the phrase “Israel being a Jewish and democratic state,” I would answer that I needed a week-long seminar to explain that. Indeed, how can a country be a full democracy when it is… Read more »

In new Israeli elections, security issues returning to fore

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip celebrating an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, Nov. 18, 2014. Israeli elections in March are expected to have a much greater focus on security than they did two years ago. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

TEL AVIV (JTA) — This government was supposed to be different. During the last election campaign in 2012, Israelis seemed to tire of the existential issues that have plagued the country for decades. Barely anyone talked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Long-simmering social tensions over the rising cost of living… Read more »