It’s enough to recognize Israel’s legitimacy – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Israel indeed sees itself as a Jewish and democratic state, and this is both correct and justified. But the content of this term is vague, making it possible for people who hold differing views to live with it in peace.

Imagine someone in the process of naturalization, on being told to swear allegiance to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, asking the Interior Ministry official handling his case what a “Jewish state” means. What would the reply be? After all, Israeli law does not define this term in any way – and that is a good thing. (I’m also not sure he would get an appropriate response with regard to the meaning of “democratic.” )

Our proposal, to require naturalized citizens to declare that they accept the legitimacy of the state of Israel, addresses the problem, and is also a justified demand.

via It’s enough to recognize Israel’s legitimacy – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

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