PM vocalizes support for new bill, states many changes need to happen to make “Nationality Law” functioning
Prime Minister Netanyahu has committed his support and to pressing for the “Jewish State Bill”. The bill, which was submitted by chairman of the Likud party Ze’ez Elkin will go to vote today.
In Israel, the bill is called the “Nationality Law” and would make changes in Israel’s status as not just a democratic state, but also a Jewish nation-state of the Jewish people.
Changes include that Hebrew would become the national language of the State of Israel and Arabic would have “special status”.
The vote for draft bill will go to Ministerial Committee of Legislation on Sunday.
Netanyahu stated on his support for the bill and on the vote by the Ministerial Committee of Legislation, “The justice system, which recognizes the democratic nature of Israel, will also have to recognize its nature as the national state of the Jewish people… We will advance the nation state law today” adding that “it will go through many changes, at the end of the day we will be able to make clear that Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people, along with a guarantee of equal rights for all of its citizens.”
The legislation states that “the State of Israel is the national home of the Jewish People in which it realizes its hope for self-determination according to its traditional and historic heritage… the right to national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish People.”