Netanyahu pushes to define Israel as nation state of Jewish people only

The Guardian reports: Binyamin Netanyahu will push ahead with a rare change to Israel’s basic laws – which amount to the country’s constitution – to insist Israel is “the nation state of one people only – the Jewish people – and of no other people”.

At Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said the civil rights of minorities, including Arabs, would be guaranteed, and the move was vital at a time when aspects of Israel’s legitimacy were “under a constant and increasing assault from abroad and at home”.

Netanyahu proposed the change last week during a visit to Tel Aviv’s Independence Hall, attracting fierce criticism from political rivals and support from some of his allies. The move follows a Palestinian refusal in peace talks to recognise the status that Netanyahu described.

The proposed law would be in addition to Israel’s declaration of independence of May 1948 – the anniversary of which is celebrated on Tuesday – which defines Israel as a Jewish state. [Continue reading…]

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1 thought on “Netanyahu pushes to define Israel as nation state of Jewish people only

  1. Norman

    Sure, just like he has always agreed to addressing the equal rights of the Palestinians, but then, pulls the rug out from under, because he can, with impunity. Netanyahoo wont be satisfied until only Jews are left in Israel.

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