I am starting this thread due to my concern with where Israel is heading. I am NOT talking about the Israel/Arab conflict. G-d only knows there is enough talk about that. It seems like whenever there is a discussion about Israel (in this forum included) it revolves around the conflict and all the other pressing issues (and there are a lot of them) take a back seat. Sure, once in a while we will see a doomsday like scenario article about how the majority of Israel will be either Haredi or Arab in the not so distant future. Once in a while we will see an article about corruption in the government. However, the overwhelming majority of the time, we are arguing over how to make peace with our neighbors, specifically the Palestinians. Don't get me wrong, I am not belittling the importance of this. NOBODY wants to be at perpetual war, so this is not a topic to be taken lightly. That being said, even if we were to magically have peace with the Arabs tomorrow (Palestinian or otherwise), where do we go from there?
That is why I am starting this thread. I think it is important to brainstorm over pressing issues that are no less important to resolve than "the conflict". Some issues that come to my mind are:
1) Is the current system of government really working? Is it truly representing the people as a democracy should? Is there a true system of checks and balances? Should there be regional representation? And so on....
2) Are government and religion too intertwined? If so, how much should religion be involved in the government? How about issues like civil marriage, public transportation on Shabbat, how much religious studies should be obligatory in public schools, etc.
3) How about the issue of Haredim and Arabs not serving in the IDF or performing national service?
4)How do we deal with corruption that has taken root in the government and other institutions we trust in?
5) How about the economy? How do we keep the middle class from constantly shrinking and how can we keep families off the streets (including working families)?
I'm sure there are more topics that aren't coming to my head at the moment, so feel free to add one if you can think of one I haven't mentioned, but choose a topic and start brainstorming. Because we can have 100% peace with our neighbors, but the above issues are no less of a threat to our well being than our enemies from the outside. Let the discussions begin....