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Jewish and Democratic: Perspectives from World Jewry

Shmuel Rosner, Inbal Hackman | May 2014

This report is based on direct study of the views of Jewish groups with a significant connection to Israel. This was accomplished by initiating some 40 discussion groups and seminars with the participation of engaged Jewish community members around the world, through questionnaire responses, and analysis of research on the full spectrum opinions on the subject, including those of Jews who are distanced from Israel and/or organized Jewish life in the Diaspora.

The project, exploring the views of Diaspora Jews on the issue of Israel's identity as a "Jewish and democratic state," found that these views have characteristics similar to those of the Israeli public. The idea that Israel should be a "Jewish and democratic state" creates a conceptual framework that encompasses the views of the majority of Diaspora Jews (even though they give a wide variety of answers to the question of what precisely a "Jewish and democratic state" is). Assertions that Israel should be "only Jewish" or "only democratic" are outside the consensus view of Diaspora Jews.

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