Everything You’ve Heard About Israel’s Nation State Bill Is Wrong

Everything You’ve Heard About Israel’s Nation State Bill Is Wrong

Written by David Hazony, the executive director of the Israel Innovation Fund, this thorough article from The Forward defends Israel’s Nation-State Law, arguing that it is comprised of mostly symbolic declarations that simply reaffirm the core purpose of the country: building a Jewish homeland through sovereignty, culture and settlement. Hazony shows how the most controversial laws are either not new, not unique to Israel, or completely logical in a Jewish state, reminding readers that the individual rights of Israel’s citizens are already guaranteed through other Basic Laws. Finally, Hazony examines the historical and constitutional context of the law, including the rise of post-Zionism and Israel’s “constitutional revolution,” which has given other Basic Laws ensuring Israel’s democratic character constitutional status, while no law at this level guarantee’s Israel’s Jewish character.

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