Israel is exploring the idea of creating a loyalty oath which defines Israel as a "Jewish" state. The Palestinians have declared that they will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Within Israel, people on the far left and impressionable children have protested the idea. Around the world there has been mention of this idea attached to words like racism.
Have any of these people protested Iran's name as the "Islamic Republic" of Iran? Do the Palestinians not deal with Iran because they have their religion/ethos in their name?
Ok, so Iran is a country run by a committee of dictators. Maybe not the best example. What about the Vatican, also known as the Holy See. What about all the lands named after saints?
Look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_country_name_etymologies and you will see that many countries and lands are named after gods or tribes. It just so happens that except for the Catholic and Islamic named lands, many of the names are old enough that no one remembers those gods or tribes.
The fact is Israel has every right to call herself whatever she likes and demand loyalty oaths no different then the Pledge of allegiance in the United States which had the phrase "under God" added to it by a reverend. The pledge can be heard in public classrooms from sea to shining sea each morning.
If Israel can do nothing right she should stop listening to people who tell her she is always wrong.