Democratization in the Middle East: Experiences, Struggles, Challenges

By Amin Saikal; Albrecht Schnabel | Go to book overview

8
“Democratic peace” and the
Jewish political tradition
Gerald M. Steinberg

In considering the relationship between democracy and religion in the Middle East in the context of “democratic peace” theories, Israel is clearly a unique case. The political institutions of the modern state of Israel – a “Jewish state” (or a state for the Jews) in a region characterized by states in which Islam is the official religion and dominant culture – were modeled on the conceptions developed in Europe during the late nineteenth century. As a result, democratic institutions and principles are an integral part of the Israeli political culture, in a manner that is fundamentally different from that of the rest of the region.

The effort to merge the long and complex Jewish tradition with Western liberal democracy created considerable tension in Israeli society. The Jewish population (which constitutes 80 percent of the total and is the mainfocusofthischapter)issharply divided between secular and religious communities. The religious or traditional sector, constituting between 20 percent and 60 percent of the population (depending on definitions and issues), is itself split across a number of dimensions (national religious, ultra-orthodox, Sephardic, etc.) but is characterized in general by a major emphasis on Jewish history and tradition. Historically, the acceptance of divine authority is at the core of Jewish practices and beliefs. According to most rabbinical edicts, in clashes between religious requirements and the demands of secular political leaders or institutions, the former must prevail. In recent years, the increasing role of the secular court system in Israeli society has led to major protests and mass demonstrations involving religious opponents and secular supporters.

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