The state of Israel is always complicated, and difficult for Americans to understand, so not much stock should be put in one visitor’s impressions from a recent two-week visit. But the election stalemate of recent weeks seems to have occasioned optimism among some voters that Israel can move beyond the divisiveness of the past 20 years to rediscover ideals embodied in its Declaration of Independence. That document says Israel “will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.” –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

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