The Opposition (Uncivil Religion) (Israel)

Who is in and who is out? In face of a diverse governing coalition with a broadly liberal civil society agenda, a hard uncivil bloc constitutes the parliamentary opposition: Netanyahu + rightwing religious parties (Haredi + ultra racist parties). You can read the statements of opposition leaders at their first meeting here in Hebrew. To flip the discourse, the only thing that unites this narrow magic circle is hatred of the other. Israel will be a test-case for anyone interested in watching matters relating to religion and state, political theology, and liberal governance. My own particular interest relates to the meta-opposition between Political Judaism and Civil Judaism and to Jewish-Arab/Palestinian relations in a Jewish majority country.

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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