What’s Really Behind Israel’s Nation State Law?

Israel’s new Nation State Law has provoked controversy both inside and outside Israel.  Both critics and supporters have misinterpreted the text and its implications.  They have also missed what may be the most important motive for the legislation – fear of the demographic threat to Israel’s future.

First, we can quickly dispense with the hysteria over the law’s implication for equality and democracy in Israel. Critics have complained the law does not mention the word equality;  however, equality is guaranteed by other laws, judicial decisions and the Declaration of Independence.  As others have noted, the word equality does not appear in every article of the U.S. constitution and yet no one questions whether the law, in principle, provides that guarantee.



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