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  •  Speaking for myself only, (1+ / 0-)
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    As an American member of the Tribe, when I think of a Jewish State, I think of my native New York, or my eventual Florida.  Snark aside, Israel as a Jewish State is democratically sustainable only as long as Jews maintain the majority, which ultimately is unlikely.

    Jews in Israel do not demonize all Muslims.  There are Muslim citizens of Israel and Muslim members of the Knesset.  The Arab Spring is the only hope for a resolution.  Though roundly ridiculed in the liberal blogosphere, Tom Friedman said it best when he wrote this about Iran, "They've seen enough democracy to know they want more and enough theocracy to know they want less."  

    When that is the prevailing attitude in the region (including Israel), the world will be a better place.

    •  I like to compare Iran with England under (0+ / 0-)

      Cromwell, when the English got thoroughly tired of Puritan theocracy. They tried monarchy again in the Restoration, and then parliamentary rule with quite limited monarchy in the Glorious Revolution, which they have stuck with and sometimes enhanced since.

      We can expect that Iran will not bring back the monarchy again, and we can hope for a transition to something more reasonable, with greater attention to such matters as human rights and the balance of powers in government. Such developments take decades, but seem inevitable.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 04:20:54 PM PDT

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