Identity Crisis

Israel recently passed a law that declares the “right of national self-determination, once envisioned to include all within its borders, as ‘unique to the Jewish people.'” The NYT’s Max Fisher shares an insightful look at how this move by Israel is part of a broader international trend: “Though Israel’s circumstances may be unique, its sense of facing a looming decision about its national identity is not. There is a growing backlash to the idea that countries should privilege democracy over all else. That movement, driven by perceptions of physical and demographic insecurity, insists that, now, identity will come first.”

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