The Israeli government hopes to have its “Jewish Nation State” legislation passed before the end of July this year, a law which will formally, openly and legally declare that country as a place where “national rights are possessed by only one people, the Jewish people.”
According to a report in the Israeli Haaretz newspaper, the bill—which was finalized last week—defined the country as “a Jewish and democratic state” but requires the court to interpret the law based on Israel being the Jewish nation-state.
Furthermore, the bill will force the High Court of Justice “to favor Israel’s Jewish character over its democratic character should the two conflict.”
According to Haaretz, the governing coalition is having problems bridging differences over the draft of the bill.
“[Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is pressing to have the bill approved on its first reading within two weeks,” a source told Haaretz, referring to the first of three Knesset votes the bill must pass to became law.
“So they will vote on a version that there is no full agreement on, and they will only try to resolve the differences in advance of a second and third reading, after the [Knesset] recess.”
Coalition Chairman David Bitan said this week he expected a preliminary vote on the bill to be held in the last week of July, before the recess.
The first section of the current draft states: “The State of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, where it is exercising its aspiration for self-determination based on its cultural and historical heritage.”
The draft adds: “The right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people. The Land of Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people, and where the State of Israel has been established.”
As the final provision puts it, “The provisions of this Basic Law or any other legislation will be interpreted in light of what is provided in this section.”
The revised version was largely taken from the original, controversial nation-state bill sponsored by MK Avi Dichter (Likud). It would let judges give priority to Israel’s character as a Jewish state in cases when Israel’s Jewish values conflicted with its democratic form of government.
Knesset member Amir Ohana (Likud) was quoted as saying that they will “arrive at a version that best expresses, without apologizing or quibbling, that in the State of Israel every individual has full human rights, while national rights are possessed by only one people, the Jewish people.”
Robert Ilatov, party whip of the Yisrael Beiteinu party—one of Netanyahu’s ruling coalition partners, said he welcomed the “decision to bring the nation-state bill to a vote by the end of the summer session. This law should have been legislated when the state was established in 1948.
“Israel is a nation-state and the home of the Jewish people, and the nation-state law will be the best answer to all those organizations that are trying to rewrite history and cast doubt on our historic right to our land and our eternal capital, Jerusalem,” he added.
Of course, Israel has been a Jewish ethnostate from the very beginning, and has been set up precisely to ensure Jewish racial purity and exclusivity, through its racially-based immigration laws, its anti-miscegnation marriage laws (which make it illegal for non-Jews to marry Jews in that country), and its deliberate policy of ethnically cleansing the Palestinians from the entire region.
The point of the Jewish nation state bill is therefore not to start such policies—because they are already in place—but to legally enshrine them, so that left wing Jews cannot challenge them via the courts.
Of course, if any white nation should declare itself as an ethnostate for white people, Israel and the world’s Jewish lobby would be at the forefront of attacking such a state as “racist” and even “nazi.”