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פונדמנטליזם ודמוקרטיה בישראל מאת ד"ר משה ברנט

Fundamentalism and Democracy in Israel

Moshe Berent

Department of Sociology and Political Science

The Open University of Israel.

The fundamentalism debate in Israel usually focuses on the contribution of the religious sector of the Israeli society – the ultra-orthodox or the religious right- to the fundamentalist discourse in Israel. What is usually ignored is the role of the notion of Israel as a ‘Jewish State’ or the notion of Judaism as both nationality and religion in the process which has made the Israeli political and cultural arena so saturated with fundamentalist ideas. The notion of Israel as a ‘Jewish State’ forces the State to form a view of what is the correct version of Judaism and it turns Israeli politics into an arena where each party, including ‘secular’ or ‘liberal’ ones, is trying to impose its image of Judaism upon the rest.