From day to day and from week to week it increasingly feels that the current Israeli government is taking the country on a path of self-destruction. In the process, it compromises Israel’s image among nations almost irreparable. This last week was the government’s turn to vote in favour of the awkwardly named piece of legislation called the “nation-state bill.” The suggested bill codifies, for all means and purposes, the already existing sad reality that minorities in Israel do not entertain the same rights as the Jewish majority. They might technically be equal citizens, however, they possess negligible influence on the character and running of the state. So far there is more than one version of the purposed law, and none of them, from what we know, make pleasant reading. Whatever version is suggested, they all contradict the Israeli declaration of independence which guarantees “complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.” By this the founding fathers surely meant to include all the non-Jews in Israel.
Nothing is more telling about the intentions of those who submit the nation-state law than their suggestion to remove Arabic language as a second official language of the stateYossi Mekelberg