There is an interesting Op-Ed in the Washington Post, “An Israel equal to all, Jewish or not”, by Patricia Marks Greenfield, a Psychology Professor at UCLA, which is linked as follows: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/an-israel-equal-for-all-jewish-or-not/2014/09/26/83151758-3a05-11e4-9c9f-ebb47272e40e_story.html. In it, Prodfessor Geenfield calls for equal rights for all and a Single-State, rather than a Two-State, Solution to the on-going Israeli-Palestinian dilemma.
As long as Israel is controlled by the Conservative elements of its Society, both Politically and Spiritually, it will always advertise the “Jewish State” theme. For instance, it is my understanding that a couple cannot even marry in Israel unless each can prove their “Jewishness”. So, they have to travel to another county, marry, and then return to Israel, where their union would then be recognized. How utterly stupid is that?
Maintaining the Jewish theme (requirement even) might have been appropriate during the early stages of the State, or perhaps in small villages and kibbutzim; but, as a State grows, and evolves into a modern one, it must expand its way of thinking–both Politically and Religiously. History shows that you cannot have freedom for the Jews within the State, but not for others? Didn’t we learn that in Germany in the 1930s?
Such religious, ethnic and tribal factions seem to separate society virtually everywhere in the Middle East. Indirectly that has caused the rise to power of various Strongmen Dictators, such as Saddam Hussein and Hosni Mubarak. And then when they are deposed, all Hell breaks loose. Perhaps, that’s what we are seeing today.
I definitely agree with Professor Greenfield in that, 66 years after its birth, Israel must transform itself into a truly Modern State. Oddly enough, it has done just that, Economically and Technologically; so, why not Societally? Throughout its history, Israel has benefitted from German, Russian and other Caucasian Immigrants. But, has it really tried to develop the talents of native Arabs and Ethiopian Immigrants? Remember: it’s not 1948 anymore.