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The ‘religionization’ of Israel is troubling, but the fears about it are hysterical


The ‘religionization’ of Israel is troubling, but the fears about it are hysterical

Critics of religious influence talk about it as if it is a demon uniquely threatening Israel’s culture and society. It's not, writes an Israel Democracy Institute leader.

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