Democracy is not a problem in itself. Democracy provides for a Jewish state just as it provides for an Arab or a Christian one—a state of hollow symbolism. Arabs can accept hollow Jewish symbolism, but not a real Jewish state. True values can only be forced by a minority upon the majority. As we see in the Bible, ancient Jews were massively idolatrous, yet the few—whether they were righteous kings, prophets, or Maccabean fundamentalists—forced them back into the fold. Democracy seeks a common denominator for the masses. States start around values, but democracy votes the values away like any other restrictions; people vote for the most simple, unrestricted, loose life. Democracy shows the entropy in social systems: eventually, such systems lose any distinguishing characteristics and descend into the morass of value-less homogeneity. This is not the typical homogeneity of a repressive regulatory society, but a uniformity of moral deprivation.

Democracy plays a trick on peace-loving Jews. As various polls indicate that the vast majority of Palestinians support a two-state solution and Israeli Arabs are overwhelmingly okay with Israel’s designation as a Jewish state, the assumption is that the deal is done. Wrong. What matters is not a democratic majority, but the extremely hostile minority of 25–35 percent who would fight Israel no matter what. In crises, the most determined group prevails, never the majority.

At any rate, the democratic solution is closed in Israel: Arabs and leftists make the majority.
Conservative Jews—and we don’t count the Likud supporters among them—just cannot prevail by democratic means. But could they revolt? A frog does not jump out of hot water if boiled slowly. Not annexing Sinai in 1956 and Hebron in 1967, being expelled from Yamit and Gush Katif, conceding to Muslim pollution of the Temple Mount and the banning of Jewish worship there; concession after concession has beaten Jewish conservatives into unconsciousness.

Add to that the conservatives’ traditional laziness. Leftists seek to change society, and are active. Conservatives seek to preserve, and are passive. Even Meir Kahane failed to collect money for his campaigns. Out of his hundreds of thousands of supporters, he could not muster eight thousand poll watchers to prevent the left from stealing his votes.

On a positive side, democracy is very weak, unsuitable for wartime or a perpetual conflict like the one Israel finds herself in. A major upheaval such as a victorious war, or perhaps a revival of Torah Judaism, could allow the conservatives to prevail over public institutions. I imagine that many centrists (people with no values of their own) would sigh with relief if military putschists would take over the government and impose a pro-Jewish, anti-Arab agenda on society, without the need for the majority to make that welcome but uncomfortable choice.