Democracy is an ideal. Yes, it’s become sacred to some, ascending to the level of or overtaking the Bible even in Judeo-Christian societies, and Israel is no different.
Israel’s a special case though. Because in the eyes of the Christian world, and many religious Jewish communities, Israel is seen largely through a prophetic lens. And that causes many to forget that it’s also just another nation trying to manage day-to-day life.
Though even in that regard, the Bible can be instructive regarding the problems plaguing Israel today. The divisions we see in our day are not all that different from the divisions that brought Israel to destruction in millennia past. Israel has always been a very small nation with too many different groups vying for influence and power. During the era of the Tabernacles and the First Temple, you had the 12 tribes. During the Second Temple period, different religious factions like the Essenes, the Zealots, the Sadducees and the Pharisees. And today we have the typically liberal and secular Ashkenazi Jews, the more conservative and religious...
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