Long confined to the extreme margins, but, in recent times, beginning to seep into mainstream discourse, is the odious position that challenges Israel’s legitimacy as both a Jewish and democratic state.

In response, the Israel Action Network’s Project Director (and JCPA Senior Vice President) Martin J. Raffel, together with author and professor Gil Troy, penned a new IAN publication entitled, “Israel: Jewish and Democratic,” refuting the arguments questioning Israel’s dual identities in an effort to articulate why these two sides of Israel’s identity are not only compatible, but complementary.

Included in this discussion are five central themes – that being Jewish is not merely a religious category; that the connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel provided a moral underpinning for the establishment of the State of Israel; the right of the Jewish people to national self-determination is recognized internationally; Israel’s Law of Return is consistent with other states’ immigration laws; and finally, the fact that Israel is both the nation state of the Jewish people, and one that treats all its citizens based on the principle of nondiscrimination.

These points of discussion will be excerpted and discussed in The Times of Israel as a five-part series, intended to inspire, inform and enlighten our conversations around these critical issues.