MembersWhy is It Wrong for Israel to Follow US Style Democracy?

The reason for Israel’s creation is not to be a country like the US or any other democratic state. So why do our politicians keep trying?

By Jason Silverman | | Topics: Democracy in Israel
Photo: Yonatan Sindel Flash90

Since the end of the elections and when it became relatively clear who would be the member parties of Binyamin Netanyahu’s government, major US news outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR and more have published dozens of op-eds and commentaries warning of the possible consequences that the incoming far-right government may have on Israel’s democracy.

At the same time, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu, while refusing to provide personal interviews to the Israeli press for quite some time, embarked on an international campaign explaining why, in his opinion, their warnings of Israel’s democratic doomsday are a gross exaggeration.

He delivered several interviews with American hosts such as Bari Weiss, Ben Shapiro and NPR. The message he passed on in each of them was nearly identical—he’s the one holding the steering wheel, not Ben Gvir and Smotrich, more peace agreements with the Arab world, especially Saudi Arabia, are on their way, and many of the reforms that will be implemented actually...

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6 responses to “Why is It Wrong for Israel to Follow US Style Democracy?”

  1. Vernon Ryan says:

    The US is not a democracy, it is a Constitutional Republic. It is the left/democrats who want to change the US into a democracy. The Republic is a government ; “of the people, by the people and for the people.” A democracy tends to run as a government for the political agendas of wealthy people who care nothing about the people unless the people get in the way of the agenda of those in power.
    The Lord has a different plan for Israel and the world, but until evil is rooted out His plan cannot come into being. Looking at what is going on in the world today, I would say the Lords plan is coming very close to the final rooting out of evil.

    • LarryFreeman says:

      Amen. I completely agree. Soon the downfall of America will be here. The wrecking ball is already in its arc swing. What’s next? I government that will look very similar to ccp (china) without the strong leader. I’m telling you it’s coming.

  2. Susan says:

    If indeed Israel awaits its Messiah, then democracy is not the future, nor should it be the present. Israel was established to be a theocracy, with clear delineations between
    moral and immoral conduct. Prior to King Saul, God ruled through His priests. But the people wanted to be like the other nations and God gave them an earthly king. It’s time for Israel to separate from the nations and await their Heavenly King who will rule from Jerusalem.

  3. Disciple 1978 says:

    The US still seems like a baby democracy that lacks maturity in understanding how other countries operate. The right-wing, capitalist, mom’s apple pie mentality that characterises their homeland is easily offended by anyone who doesn’t play ball with them. As a global player one has to be careful with their sensitivities. Outside America one is defined as a friendly or a hostile. The Middle East is much too complicated for them to understand but they need the oil so will tolerate some cultural complexities to get it. As long as Israel remains a friendly base to them it should be ok. Having relations with nations that America has difficulty with would be a diplomatic challenge. Israel and the church should also work together to be a good witness for God to America as her character is prone to lawlessness. Israel should also consider developing a strategic witness with the church for each and all the nations as this is their true purpose in the world that God will support them in.

  4. Taylor Sealy says:

    The current concept of the “separation of church and state” in the U.S. is not the one of the founders. The original meaning did not mean, practically speaking, an atheist government. The original concept, as raised in a letter from a Baptist church to Thomas Jefferson, was about whether there would be interference by the government in the practice of various sects of Christianity, like with a State Church. Jefferson said there would not be government restrictions on the free practice of religion in public in the new country. In fact, over 50% of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were Christian pastors or theologians. George Washington also assured the Jewish people living in the U.S. that there would be no persecution of them allowed, as contrasted with Europe at the time. The Christian founders considered the God of Israel to be the one true God. Israel should remember, like the U.S. used to know, that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD” (Psalm 33:12).

  5. Rabbi Gabriel Lumbroso says:

    “Israel was established to correct a historical injustice and provide a homeland and safe haven for the Jewish people. Every country has a different narrative, a different purpose in the world. This must be recognized and respected. There is not a singular correct model of democratic governance.” Right. Israelust be Israel, if not it loses its true purpose of being a homeland fur or people.

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