Between Democracy and the Bible

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 |  Aviel Schneider

Is Israel’s democracy really in danger, or have the right-wing and left-wing political camps simply exchanged places? Is a right-wing agenda less democratic because it firmly adheres to the biblical right of inheritance?

The heated debate has exposed a double standard: democracy for left-wing values but not for the right.

“What on earth is the left in Israel thinking? That the majority should not be permitted to determine the agenda?” asked legal expert Chaim Misgav. “Why is a right-wing agenda illegitimate but a left-wing agenda is not?”

Sometimes it seems that Israel’s struggle to survive in its biblical homeland comes at the expense of democracy. Israel is fighting for democracy, while at the same time fighting for the right to inherit the Land promised to the Jewish people by God.

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