, Volume 55, Issue 2, pp 170–180 | Cite as

Democracy in the State of Israel

  • Lenn E. Goodman
Global Society


Addressing the anguished, or often openly hostile, discovery of a deep incoherence at the heart of the idea that a modern state can be both Jewish and democratic, this essay surveys the norms and practice of the modern state of Israel – the rights of its citizens, including its Arab and non-Jewish citizens, the secular foundation of its organically evolving constitution, the role of Jewish values in its handling of human rights and civil entitlements, the dynamic of educational opportunity and universal service in socio-economic mobility and national integration, and (given the frequent charges of “disproportion”), the practice of its humane ideals in the conduct of asymmetrical war.


Israel Democracy Zionism Constitutionalism Religious pluralism Ben-Gurion Rav Kook Civilian casualties Collateral damage Military ethics Asa Kasher Daniel Gordis Palestinians Druzes Baha’is Education and democracy Rawls Secularity and secularism Civil rights 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Furman HallVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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