When state met religion in Israel

Is Israel’s declaration of statehood a secular document? Or does it strike a perfect balance between secular and religious justifications for the creation of the state? And just what does this phrase mean? “Placing our trust in the Rock of Israel, we affix our signatures to this proclamation.”

In this latest (fourth) installment of my series on Israel’s declaration of independence, I go through the drafts and debates on whether to acknowledge or exclude God. In the end, David Ben-Gurion got both atheists and believers to put their signatures to the declaration. But did he really split the difference between them? I think not. Read why at this link.