Lebanon PM: Israel's Loyalty Oath Akin to South Africa Apartheid

Hariri also says law will make ongoing peace talks with Palestinians unbearable, and urges EU to intervene.

Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri on Sunday condemned as racist Israel's controversial amendment to the citizenship bill, which would require non-Jews seeking citizenship to pledge allegiance to Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state".

Hariri also said that the law would make ongoing peace talks with the Palestinians unbearable. He compared the law to practices in apartheid-era South Africa and warned it would encourage extremism.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri - AP
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The Lebanese premier urged the EU to persuade Israel not to apply it.

Cabinet members approved the amendment two weeks ago by a majority. The amendment is one of the promises Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made to Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu party in the coalition agreements.

Since coming into government Yisrael Beitenu has advanced a long list of "loyalty" laws, which many consider to be discriminatory against Israel's Arab citizens.