Worthy Christian News » Israel-Palestinian Conflict » Israel Looks to Enshrine Country as a "Jewish State"
(Media Line / Worthy News)– Israel has no constitution. The reason according to local lore is that the secular majority and the ultra-Orthodox minority could not agree on how to refer to God so they never wrote an actual constitution. Instead there are a series of 13 "Basic Laws" that function as a constitution.
Several members of the governing coalition have now written a new basic law, which recognizes Israel as "the nation-state of the Jewish people."
"The state of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, where they realize their aspiration for self-determination according to their cultural and historical legacy…the right to national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people."
"Just as the 'basic law on human dignity and liberty' anchors the democratic nature of the state of Israel, we need a law that will enshrine its Jewish nature," Ayelet Shaked, one of the law's backers and a member of the Jewish National Home party said in a statement. "This should have been done a long time ago."