There are plenty of democratic nations with established religions, but for some reason Israel needs to be held to a special standard. As baffling as it always is.
The Obama administration has for a long time regarded Israel as a tumour in the Levant, oppressing Muslims simply by virtue of its existence. It is stupidity of the highest order. Israel is one of our only trustworthy allies in the Middle East (the only one, perhaps) and is surrounded by people who literally want to storm the walls of the country and impale every Jew inside. The UN's determination to undermine and endanger the Israeli people is one of the biggest red flags that ought to tell us to abolish the ridiculous institution.
it would depend on what he meant by "democratic"
in one sense, democracies can be theocratic, provided everybody can vote and criticise the government
but in another sense, democracies would be against theocracies when theocracies mandate that a religion must be the source of laws, not elections
but either way, I don't anybody in israel is asking for a theocracy. I assume he means that israel cannot be democratic and "persecutive of the minority" - that's a bit of an error of fact, seeing as that's kind of the whole point of "democracy" to some extent, but whatever.
I agree as well, because a Jewish state means that non-Jews have less rights, such as not having the right to return for those who have been displaced. That would be even more problematic if the Jews and Arabs ended up with a one-state solution.
79% of Israeli Jews believe that Jews should be given preferential treatment in Israel.
48% of Israeli Jews support expelling all Israeli Arabs from Israel.
Kerry is obviously correct. In lieu of a two state solution, there are two possibilities: (i) Israel continues to occupy the Palestinians without giving them full citizenship - becoming an apartheid state and loses its democratic nature, or (ii) Israel gives Palestinians full citizenship and is no longer majority Jewish.
I think it's also worth noting that 62% of US Jews supported the U.S. either voting for or abstaining for UNSCR 2344, so Netanyahu and the Israeli right certainly do not speak for all Jews on this (or anything).