Stating the obvious - Opinion

Stating the obvious

Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 5:00 am

The ill-conceived nation-state bill, which the Knesset was expected to vote on this week, has drawn criticism from Israel’s left and right, from Jewish organizational leaders in the United States and from others who want to see a flourishing Israel-Diaspora relationship. That’s just about everybody but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing government.

The point of the bill, according to its backers, is to give constitutional status to Israel’s identity as a Jewish state. The bill was proposed as a basic law — roughly the equivalent of a constitutional provision in a country without a written constitution — and as such would be difficult to overturn once enacted. “The moment we define that it is the nation-state of the Jewish people, and the Jewish people only, we establish for the courts that this is a constitutional value,” Naftali Bennett, head of the nationalist Jewish Home party, told Israel’s Army Radio.

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