Most Israeli Jews Can’t Say If They’re More Israeli or More Jewish. And That’s a Good Thing https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/israel-zionism/2019/09/most-israeli-jews-cant-say-if-theyre-more-israeli-or-more-jewish-and-thats-a-good-thing/

September 17, 2019 | Ruth Gavison

In their recent book #IsraeliJudaism, Camil Fuchs and Shmuel Rosner examine the perceptions and practices of Jewish Israelis regarding religion and identity. They find, among other things, that most, if asked whether they feel themselves to be Jews first and Israelis second or vice-versa, answer that they weigh both identities equally. Speaking with Rosner, the eminent legal and political theorist Ruth Gavison explains what this finding says about Israeli society and argues that, across the political spectrum, Israelis agree that the country should be Jewish; they disagree only about how much so and in what ways. Even growing numbers of Arab citizens have shown themselves willing to accept this premise. Gavison concludes by forcefully making the case that the Jewish state can best overcome its religious-secular divides if each side avoids attempts at compulsion. (Video, 25 minutes.)

 

Read more on Times of Israel: https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/are-jews-in-israel-more-jewish-or-more-israeli/