Israel is mostly seen as a country where people are of Jewish background. There are over 8 million Jews living in the country. Next to them there are also more than 1 million Arabs that are living in Israel by virtue of birth or family. Israel’s secularism hides the religious diversity that could emerge in the future. It is estimated that there are more than 300,000 Christians living in Israel, although they make up less than half of all Christian believers worldwide. The number of Muslims also increased significantly since 1948, when Israel was created and “the world’s only democracy with a Jewish majority” ruled over nearly one-third of historical Palestine.
Israeli secularism has long been criticized for its discriminatory policies towards minorities and for being intolerant of religion itself. Israel news is a nation with a diverse history of religions. Jews, Christians, Muslims, Druze, Bahai and atheists make up the landscape of Israel. The founders of the state were mainly European Jews who hoped to create an enlightened society for all its citizens. Its secularism has been used as an excuse to avoid dealing with religious diversity in society, but this could be changing in the near future.
Secularism, the separation of religion and state, is the dominant value in Israel. However, religious diversity in Israel has been masked by secularism. The future of Israel’s secularism is uncertain given the conflict between different religions and political parties. Israel’s secularism has helped the country to avoid religious conflict for decades, but it also hides a diversity that could emerge in the future. Even though Israel is considered a secular country, it is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the world and many other smaller Christian and Jewish populations. This means that Israel’s future might not be as devoid of religious conflict as we think.