“What makes Israel a Jewish state? As someone who moved to this country from the US, I would say that the dominance of Jewish cultural norms makes Israel’s Jewish character unequivocal. The holidays in Israel are Jewish holidays, Sunday is a workday, the day off is Shabbat, kosher food is readily available in any official setting and in most malls and shopping centers. The language is Hebrew, synagogues and mikvaot are ubiquitous, Jewish history is the default perspective in schools, there is a bagrut in Bible and in Jewish thought, etc.”
Idit Silman, What Are You Afraid of?
Silman's resignation is soft coercion, to be sure, but it is counterproductive; Judaism and the Jewish character of the State of Israel will suffer for it.