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Jewish homeland bill would erode Israeli democracy
Jewish homeland bill would erode Israeli democracy

I was stunned to read that Israeli lawmakers had approved a Jewish "homeland" bill ("Israel's Jewish homeland proposal could further heighten tension," Nov. 23). The report stated that "since taking office in 2009, [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu has demanded that Palestinians recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jews as part of any peace agreement." If this bill were to pass, it would further undermine the pretense of Israel's democratic character. Rights would be reserved for Jews but not for minorities, including Arabs. The legislation would also strip Arabic of its status as a second official language. In a country where peace...