“The state that will rise will be Jewish in its function, purpose, and aim. Not a country of Jews settled in a land but a state for Jews, the Jewish people…” David Ben Gurion
Last Sunday, the first day of the Israeli workweek, Israel’s Cabinet approved a bill requiring new citizens to pledge a loyalty oath to a “Jewish and democratic” state.
It was in specific reference to the Law of Return, as almost all new immigrants to Israel are indeed Jewish.
The bill, which now faces a wider parliamentary vote, passed by a 22-8 margin.
“The state of Israel is the national state of the Jewish people and is a democratic state in which all its citizens â€” Jews and non-Jews â€” enjoy full equal rightsâ€¦Whoever wants to join us, has to recognize us.”
“There is no other democracy in the Middle East. There is no other Jewish state in the world. Unfortunately, there are many today who tried to blur not only the unique connection of the Jewish people to its homeland, but also the connection of the Jewish people to its state.”
A correspondent of Al Jazeera contended in conversation, “some have argued that the bill will cast Israel in a bad light in the international community.”
What a shock!
Shmuel Sandler, a professor at Bar Ilan University defended the bill:
“You can stay whichever religion you want, whichever nationality. But if you want to become a citizen, you have to take the oath.”
Another Al Jazeera correspondent, Nour Odeh, from Ramallah said:
“Defining a state by the specific religious or ethnic background of the majority of its citizens is unprecedented”.
However an Arab State of Palestine would not allow Jewish settlers.
Unlike their Palestinian brethren in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, the Arabs (who make up roughly one-fifth of the Jewish Country’s 7,000,000 citizens), have the right to vote, travel freely and even claim munificent social benefits.
Same as anyone.
And apropos to these enraged or threatened Arab citizens of Israel, Mitchell Bard, Executive Director of the nonprofit American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) and a foreign policy analyst told Haaretz in August, alluding to the Arab lobby in the United States:
“As for the domestic Arab lobby, even they are less pro-Palestinian than they are anti-Israel. Almost everything is anti-Israel. For example, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committeeâ€™s resolutions mostly target Israel and ignore discrimination against Arabs by anyone other than Israel or the United States. They donâ€™t support independence for Lebanon.”
“They rarely criticize terrorism. And so they have very little credibility with Congress. It shouldnâ€™t be surprising if they are also unsuccessful.”
To shed some light on the issue.
“The powerful part of the Arab lobby isnâ€™t so concerned about the Palestinian issue, theyâ€™re concerned about the welfare of the Saudis. And fights between the Israel lobby and the Saudi lobby are rare âˆ’ there hasnâ€™t been one since the 1981 arms sales fight.”