The headline question came up in a recent discussion I had with a group of 28 Bible students from Switzerland. I share this experience with you as I can image that some might have thoughts similar to these students, who had already spent two months meeting the people and places across the Land of Israel.
We began by asking them to share something of their impressions of Israel.
“It was amazing how much diversity you have in Israel, everything from Tel Aviv and the craziest secular culture, to the ultra-Orthodox in Jerusalem, who have been living like that for thousands of years.
“We met Jews, Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians, Orthodox Jews, Messianic Jews and Christians.”
Question: How do you think we manage to all live together?
Response: Perhaps this is the greatest challenge of the modern world. The idea of a “Jewish State” is unique in the world as modern democracies insist on separating “state and religion,” but here we insist against all odds and opposition...
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