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Israeli President Rivlin Opposes Jewish State Bill in Current Form

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Israeli President-elect Reuven Rivlin, as Knesset Speaker, in 2012. Photo: WikiCommons.

Reuven Rivlin as Knesset Speaker in 2012. Photo: WikiCommons.

The Guardian – Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, has voiced his strong opposition to a controversial proposed new law that would define “national rights” in Israel as reserved for Jews only.

The “Jewish nation-state” bill would recognise Israel’s Jewish character, institutionalise Jewish law as an inspiration for legislation and possibly de-list Arabic as a second official language. It is being promoted vigorously by the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and was approved by the Israeli cabinet on Sunday, but has attracted fierce criticism from opponents inside Israel as well as from the US and the EU.

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