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Shlomo Sand: How Israel Went From Atheist Zionism to Jewish State

Israeli author Shlomo Sand writes: Zionism – the idea of a “Jewish State” – was at first fully secular and socialist, but how to define “a Jew” in a way that includes both the religious and the nonreligious (and no Arabs)? Eventually, religious features were appropriated and nationalized: the “need” for more land became a holy pact with God; Israel is only for Jews, not “all of its citizens.”

Israel’s ‘Rule of the Rabbis’ Who Preach Genocide Fuels Holy War

Largely ignored by critics have been Israel’s increasing theocratic tendencies – the growth of Israel’s extremist religious population and the emergence of a class of influential rabbis who endorse the killing of non-Jews and  preach genocide…

Corruption permeates Israel under Netanyahu, goes back decades

Israel is fighting corruption from the highest places in government, right on down to the household help. Read about a handful of the many scandals reaching back decades and involving many previous leaders.