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Knesset Bills Would Define Israel as Jewish State

By: JTA

Two bills submitted to the Knesset on Tuesday would legislate Israel’s Jewish character and as a democratic state.

A bill proposed by coalition chairman Likud Knesset Member Yariv Levin and Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked would create a Basic Law declaring that Israel is the national home of the Jewish people and does not recognize it as a national homeland of any other people. It confirms that Israel is a democracy and says that the country will uphold the rights of all of its citizens no matter what religion.

The bill submitted by Ruth Calderon of the Yesh Atid Party calls for the Declaration of Independence to be adopted as Basic Law. According to the Declaration of Independence, Israel is defined as a democratic state of the Jewish people.

A similar bill was proposed in the last Knesset by former lawmaker Avi Dichter of the Kadima party, though that bill called for Hebrew to be the country’s only official language.

The political significance of the bills would be to preclude any possibility for Israel to accede to Palestinian Authority demands that the country allow the immigration of approximately five million Arabs who live in foreign countries and claim Israel as their home.

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4 Responses to “Knesset Bills Would Define Israel as Jewish State”

  1. What will these laws do about the Arab people whose families lived for centuries in what is now Israel? Have they no rights? A way MUST be found to share the land and live together. Otherwise, permanent war, permanent trauma, permanent hatred.

  2. Yechiel Baum says:

    The Israel declaration of Independence states to be called: The Jewish State of Israel. Now lets have Nethanyau and Peres greet dignitaries with Kipot to show the world it is the Jewish State of Israel.

  3. Jake Lee says:

    More Arabs live in Israel that were never from there originally than Jews who were displaced from Judea and Samaria, otherwise known by idiots as the "West Bank". Why don't we hear you speak about the millions of Jews that were displaced from Arab Nations and European Nations who too had lived there for Centuries? Many Arabs left Israel willfully in 1948 at the advice of neighboring Arab Nations because of the impending War against Jews tbat was being waged. By the way, Jews were allotted Land and Arabs were allotted Land by specific Mandates. The Jews accepted, the Arabs rejected. Wow, what a surprise!

  4. Jake-Thank you for your well reasoned and temperate remarks. I enjoy being called an idiot. Name calling is easy. Making perpetual war is easy. Finding peace is hard. I don't think you are capable, but I hope others are.

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