From The Israel Project www.theisraelproject.org
Israeli Arabs’ Rights Enshrined in Law as Israel Amends
“Pledge of Allegiance”
- Israeli Arabs enjoy same rights as Israeli citizens
- Ministers to consider further amendments
- Move may pave way to Israel’s continuation of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
JERUSALEM, Oct. 11, 2010 – Following a heated debate at their weekly cabinet meeting on Oct. 10, Israel’s government ministers approved an amendment to the country’s Law of Citizenship that would require all new non-Jewish citizens pledge allegiance to a Jewish and democratic state.
It has been widely suggested in the Israeli media that in return for agreeing to push forward this change in the statute, the conservative “Israel Beiteinu” (Israel Our Home) party won’t vote against an extension of the moratorium on construction in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Many countries, including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have similar pledges required in their countries.
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