Although it won't be able to succeed, the more it tries, the more it prevents the formation of normal relations among the different ethnic groups in the country.
This realization has not yet filtered into the public consciousness.
So long as the children of Judah and the children of Israel dwelt as a sovereign people in their land, it must have been apparent that coexistence with other peoples in the land or in neighboring lands was likely to lead in some cases to intermarriages.
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If we ignore the brief interlude of the Hasmonean period, then from that time until the establishment of the State of Israel, the Jews in the Land of Israel, and obviously in exile, were not a sovereign people, but rather, a religious group ruled by other nations.
Jewish life was limited to stringent observance of the Torah commandments and the laws created by the rabbis during the period of the Mishna and Talmud.
The process usually took place when one nation conquered lands inhabited by members of another.
These were bloody wars, resulting in thousands of casualties.
The conquered Slavic communities usually became Germanized within a few generations.
Once they adopted the German language, the process was reinforced through mixed marriages, first among members of the ruling classes, but eventually, also among the common people.
Intermarriage is one of the most sensitive subjects for Jews and Arabs living in this land.
This article, written by Gershom Schocken, is being republished in light of the Education Ministry's decision to ban a book about an Arab-Jewish love affair.
But the fact is that there is not one sovereign nation in the world that bans marriages with members of other nations.