How does the Israeli government balance the interests of different religious groups?

 The Israeli government balances the interests of different religious groups through a combination of legal protections, political representation, and societal norms.

The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (1948) guarantees freedom of religion for all. Each religious community is free, by law and in practice, to exercise its faith, observe its holidays and weekly day of rest, and administer its internal affairs
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 The country's laws and Supreme Court rulings also protect the freedoms of conscience, faith, religion, and worship, regardless of an individual's religious affiliation
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Political representation is another way in which the interests of different religious groups are balanced. Members of the Knesset, Israel's unicameral legislature, are elected nationwide through proportional representation
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 Religious parties, such as those representing the Orthodox Zionists and the Ultra-Orthodox, have come to play a prominent role in Israeli politics
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 These parties have exerted influence by being essential partners in government coalitions
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 However, there is also counter-pressure by a number of Israeli political parties that have secular orientations
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Despite these measures, tensions exist between religious and secular groups in Israel. Some Israelis advocate for a greater separation of religion and state, while others push for a greater role of religion in politics
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 Among Israel’s Arab minority, a similar debate has taken place over the years between Islamists who advocate for a greater role of religion in politics and others who are either Palestinian-Arab nationalist or Marxist
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In conclusion, the Israeli government balances the interests of different religious groups through a combination of legal protections, political representation, and societal norms. However, the relationship between religion and politics in Israel is complex and characterized by ongoing debates and differing views.

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