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Israel Cabinet: "Allegiance to Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State!"

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  1. Buchanan

    Buchanan JF Diamond Member

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    Israeli cabinet backs controversial Jewish loyalty oath!

    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has supported the proposal
    The Israeli cabinet has approved a controversial bill that would require all non-Jews taking Israeli citizenship to swear loyalty to Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state".

    The law, which has angered Israel's Arab minority, still has to be passed by the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

    A similar measure was rejected by the cabinet in May 2009.

    If approved, the new law will affect a small number of non-Jews who seek Israeli citizenship.

    Correspondents say it will mainly apply to Palestinians married to Israelis who seek citizenship on the basis of family re-unification, foreign workers, and a few other special cases.

    The proposal, which is being backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had been welcomed by right-wing ministers in the 30-member coalition cabinet, including ultra-nationalist Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

    Mr Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu party made the oath the centrepiece of its campaign in the 2009 election, which eventually led to it becoming the second largest member of the governing coalition after Mr Netanyahu's Likud.

    Pay-off demand

    Israeli media reported that all five ministers from the left-leaning Labour party voted against the proposal, as did three members of Netanyahu's own Likud.

    Before the vote, Labour ministers had said they expected a new freeze on settlement building as a pay-off should the law come into effect.

    This is a key Palestinian demand in the current peace talks.

    Proposed citizenship oath

    New wording: "I swear that I will be a loyal citizen to the state of Israel, as a Jewish and democratic state, and will uphold its laws."
    Mainly affects Palestinians married to Israelis, foreign workers, and other special cases where people seek to be naturalised as citizens
    Does not affect people of Jewish ancestry and their spouses who have the right to settle in Israel and gain citizenship under the law of return
    But both Mr Netanyahu and Yisrael Beitenu denied any deal involving an extension of the partial settlement freeze on Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

    The recently renewed peace talks are at risk of collapse over ongoing Jewish settlement building in the occupied West Bank, with the Palestinians threatening to walk out unless the freeze is reinstated.

    Recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is one of Israel's key demands in any eventual peace deal with the Palestinians.

    To that end, Mr Netanyahu has rejected the right of return of Palestinian refugees, calling it a device to destroy the state of Israel by demography.

    The Palestinians, in the form of the Palestinian Authority, have agreed to recognise Israel as a state, but have rejected the demand to recognise its Jewish character.

    Also, the issue of requiring some citizens - mainly Israeli Arabs - to swear allegiance to a Jewish state has proved deeply divisive within Israeli society.

    In proposing the requirement, right-wing parties had focused on perceived disloyalty among Israeli Arabs, drawing widespread criticism as well as support.

    Source: BBC.
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    pandisho la ada kcmc ni batili,kinyume na sheria na uonevu mkubwa!usikubali kuonewa-usilipe ada hadi kieleweke!pamoja tunaweza!Mwenye uchungu na pesa tunazotoa huku tukipewa elimu kama chuo cha kata!solidarity forever!
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    sraeli Cabinet passes loyalty bill, Arabs angry

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    By ARON HELLER, Associated Press Aron Heller, Associated Press – Sun Oct 10, 2:17 pm ET
    JERUSALEM – Israel's Cabinet approved a bill on Sunday that would require new non-Jewish citizens to pledge a to a "Jewish and democratic" state, language that triggered charges of racism from Arab lawmakers who see it as undermining the rights of the country's Arab minority.

    The measure was largely symbolic, since few non-Jews apply for Israeli citizenship. Nevertheless, it infuriated the Arab minority and stoked tensions with Palestinians at a time when fledgling peace talks are deadlocked over Israel's refusal to extend a moratorium on new building in West Bank Jewish settlements.

    said the bill reflected the essence of Israel at a time when he said many in the world are trying to blur the connection between the Jewish people and their homeland.

    "The is the national state of the Jewish people and is a democratic state in which all its citizens — Jews and non-Jews — enjoy full equal rights," he said. "Whoever wants to join us has to recognize us."
    Ahmad Tibi, an Arab lawmaker, called the move a provocation.
    "Its purpose is to solidify the inferior status of Arabs by law," he said. "Netanyahu and his government are limiting the sphere of democracy in Israel and deepening the prejudice against its Arab minority."

    Unlike their Palestinian brethren in the West Bank and Israel's Arabs are citizens, with the right to vote, travel freely and collect generous social benefits. But they have long suffered from discrimination and second-class status. Arabs make up roughly one-fifth of Israel's 7 million people.
    While the new bill would not force Arab citizens to profess their loyalty, a non-Jewish spouse of any Israeli would have to take the oath in order to receive citizenship.
    Israel's said several thousand people would be affected by the measure, while Adalah,

    an Arab advocacy group, said the number was about 25,000. The bill presumably would not affect Jewish newcomers, who automatically receive citizenship under Israel's "Law of Return."
    Roni Schocken, spokesman for the Abraham Fund, a group that promotes coexistence between Israeli Jews and Arabs, said the new legislation added to what is becoming a "terrifying" atmosphere for Arabs. Efforts are under way in parliament, for instance, to punish groups that mourn the "Nakba," or catastrophe, the term Palestinians use to describe the suffering caused by Israel's founding.
    "It conveys a very strong message that Arabs are second-rate citizens," Schocken said.

    The bill — which must pass a wider parliamentary vote to become law — easily passed in the cabinet by a 22-8 margin. Only a handful of ministers, mostly from the centrist Labor Party, opposed it.
    It was backed by Yisrael Beitenu, a hard-line nationalist party whose leader, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, openly questioned the loyalty of Israel's Arabs during last year's election campaign. The issue helped propel his party to a strong third place in parliamentary elections.

    Opposition leader Tzipi Livni of the centrist Kadima Party criticized the measure Sunday, saying it "doesn't contribute anything" to preserving Israel's existence "as a Jewish state with equality for all."
    Many Israeli Arabs openly identify with the Palestinians, and in recent years, a small number of Israeli Arabs have been charged with spying for Israel's Arab enemies.
    In the most controversial proposal, Lieberman called for all citizens, including Arabs, to swear a loyalty oath to Israel as a Jewish state and wanted anyone refusing to do so to be stripped of citizenship. That measure, widely seen as anti-Arab, was struck down by a ministerial committee last year.

    "Obviously this is not the end of the issue of loyalty in return for citizenship, but this is a highly important step," Lieberman said of Sunday's vote.
    The vote came during an impasse in Mideast peacemaking. Just a month after they began, talks between Israelis and the Palestinians have become deadlocked over Israeli

    settlement construction in the West Bank.
    Palestinians say they will not resume negotiations unless Israel extends a 10-month-old slowdown on new housing construction, which ended in late September.
    Netanyahu has rejected an extension, but is considering compromises to keep the talks alive. Over the weekend, the Arab League gave the U.S., which has been mediating

    talks, another month to resolve the deadlock.
    Under heavy international pressure, Netanyahu has been sounding out key Cabinet ministers but does not appear to have a majority for extending the building restrictions.
    Lieberman has been a vocal critic of extending the settlement curbs. Netanyahu's decision to bring the loyalty bill to a Cabinet vote may be a way to soften Lieberman's opposition to extending the slowdown, though officials have denied there is any connection.

    Source: Israeli Cabinet passes loyalty bill, Arabs angry - Yahoo! News
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    they dont need any law to do that, everybody knows it is a jewish state and land since it was given to them by the creator himself!
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    Buchanan JF Diamond Member

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    Not everybody, Hamas do not even recognize the existence of Israel! The Palestinians in general consider the creation of Israel in 1948 as "nakba" meaning "catastrophe!" That is why the coming legislation on oath of allegiance for non Israelis is of utmost importance!
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    You forgot one stubborn friend, Mahmoud Ahamadnejad