Israel’s new government is its most religious ever. Parties identifying with one stream or another of Jewish orthodoxy make up half of its members. And many lawmakers from the Likud party are likewise pious, God-fearing Jews.
In other words, Bible-believers now have the reins of the Jewish state. The question being asked is whether or not that’s a good thing.
The more progressive-minded among Israel’s secular population lament that this is pulling their country in the opposite direction of its allies in the liberal West. But recent voting trends suggest that secular Israelis who think this way are no longer a majority, that the Jewish state is in this regard diverging from the once-Christian nations of Western Europe and North America.
The United States is perhaps the last of these Western nations where devout Christian faith can be considered a political asset, though it is at the same time a political liability. In Israel, even...
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