A need for reasonable restrictions - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ilan Toren
    • 06.05.05 | 10:36 (IDT)

    I agree that Israel needs a naturalization process apart from the law of return to account for non-Jewish immigration and naturalization. Israel as the Jewish national home still has a place for a "fast track" for Jews living outside of Israel to become citizens, but as a normal country it has to take into account the needs of the entire population. Having said that I don't consider the new arrangement as creating an apartheid state. That is just rhetorical excess. I also reject the proposition that Israel is some special incubator for peace between the arab and non-arab world. The obligation to treat all people as people is a universal requirement, and there is room for improvement in Israel, but there is no need to be hypercritical. Other countries, like New Zealand and Australia, have fairly strict standards for granting citizenship and considering that granting full social services and the right to vote are a serious matter it requuires serious thought.

    from the article: Does Israel want peace?
    First published 00:00 06.05.05 | Last updated 00:00 06.05.05
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