Being a Jewish-nation state must trump being a democratic state or democratic values will trump being Jewish Nation state. Being a Jewish state means giving preference to Jews and things Jewish. In a democracy this is verbotten. DON’T GUT THE BILL. By Ted Belman
Habayit Hayehudi faction chairwoman Ayelet Shaked and MK Ruth Calderon (Yesh Atid) intend to work together to formulate an updated version of the so-called nation-state bill, which aims to legislate the state’s Jewish identity.
The controversial bill, proposed by then-Homefront Defense Minister Avi Dichter in the last government but ultimately scrapped, seeks to prevent the establishment of a binational state and to define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The original bill called for Jewish religious law to serve as inspiration for new legislation and for the dropping of Arabic as an official language, granting it only “special status.”
Habayit Hayehudi officials said the MKs would expunge certain controversial clauses in Dichter’s bill, apparently to make it more democratic. They said the updated bill would not challenge Israel’s democratic values in favor of the state’s Jewish character, and would not seek to change the status of Arabic as one of Israel’s two official languages (the other being Hebrew).