According to news media, Israel’s new government is planning onto pass a new controversial law that will make the democratic status of the country, questionable.
The new law plans to define Israel a ‘national state for the Jewish people’, despite of the fact that there are almost 1.5 million Arabs living in the country. Officially labeling it as a place for ‘Jews only’ is bound to create internal conflicts. Arabs and Jews already do not have a history of getting along with each other. This might just add to it and create further problems.
Not only that, the move is likely to scar the democratic image of Israel and will pose questions towards the new government if it is trying to create some sort of a divide between the Jews and non-Jews. Israel may no longer be considered as a true democracy if it is forever labeled as a Jewish state. It will also give rise to the accusations and provide proof that Israel holds a bias against the Arabs (who form 20 percent of the state’s population) and doesn’t recognize them as a part of their country.
A senior researcher with the Israel Democracy Institute said that such legislation would not be considered as democratic by universal standards. But it is also being said that the new law will not deprive the Arabs of their rights as an individual. With all these questions and controversies prior to the implementation of the law, one now wonders if it will be passed at all or not.