John, John, John--
Simmer down. Your enthusiasm exceeds your knowledge. For example, in a case several years ago, merchants and tour operators asked the Knesset to reduce the number of days their businesses must close due to "high holy" days.
They were concerned that closing on shabbat plus 4-6 extra week days each month made it tough to pay the rent. The Knesset agreed, & passed a less restrictive law. Then, Orthodox rabbis appealed to the Chief Rabbinate, which OVERTURNED the Knesset legislation and restored the restrictive religious rules. Hence, Israel must be seen as a theocracy [theo = god, -cracy = rule by], not a democracy.
No, John, a non-Orthodox Israeli may NOT be a judge or a mayor. Even to be a teacher, one must have a statement from an Orthodox rabbi stating that one is a member of his congregation in good standing.
Facts, John. They are difficult to reconcile with your rant.
The facts are that (1) Israel was chartered by the UN with a specific territory (area inside the Green Line, in today's terms); every inch occupied outside that area is illegal under the UN Charter and under international law, regardless of Israel's claims to be exempt from that international law. No actual treaty or UN resolution has ratified the 1967 deal, either.
By the way, "god" is not a real estate broker, and has no right to assign territory to anyone. Other groups (Bedouins, Assyrians, Abbysinians, etc.) can make the same claim as Israel, i.e., that they used to live there, therefore they should now own these Palestinian lands.
And (2) over 40 UN resolutions have been passed by the UN General Assembly condemning Israel for violations of the Geneva Convention, the Rome Accord, and various human rights violations. Only the fact that the USA vetoed them allows Israel to remain technically un-censured, but over 100 nations have heard the facts and concluded that Israel's Likud and earlier governments are international outlaws.
Israel also agreed as part of its UN Charter to pay "reasonable" compensation for lands taken to create Israel in 1948. 67 years later, Israel has not paid a single shekel of these required reparations, nor does it intend to pay them. Same goes for the right of return, which Israel ignores.
Your limp excusees for the Apartheid Wall and the Jewish-only by-pass roads are not convincing, John.
Israel is a failed state (needs $$2-3 billion annually from the USA to survive) and after 67 years it still can't keep its brightest Jewish citizens from emigrating, can't comply with international law, can't stop on-going human rights violations and illegal occupation crimes, can't pay required compensation, and for these reasons still can't find respectability among nations of the world. That is why there will be war crimes trials coming very soon which will implicate many Cabinet members.
Like you, John, Israel is more to be pitied than scorned. Those of us who have supported Israel vigorously in the past can no longer ignore Israel's failure to achieve the dream we once shared for a truly democratic and thriving State of Israel. What a pity.