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    What does "Jewish" mean in the context of the loyalty oath? The proposed law does not define it, but there are a few possibilities: 1. 'Israel is the homeland of the Jews, and only the Jews'. This is historically incorrect because the expected "Palestine" is also part of the homeland of the Jews, and Israel and Palestine together (with part of Jordan) are the homeland of Jews and Palestinians together. 2. 'Israel belongs to the Jewish people'. Does this mean that if Arabs become the majority, they will not rule the country? What is "Democratic" then, and how can a non-Jew swear loyalty to this? 3. Being "Jewish" means that some laws prefer the Jewish population. But laws of what type? How can one swear loyalty without knowing which types of laws are preferential to Jews?// Perhaps there are more meanings to the word "Jewish" but they are not explained in the oath. Either replace the word "Jewish" by a phrase that explicates its meaning, or just demand loyalty to the state and its laws, whatever they are. Better not to give such easy ammunition to enemies of the State. I suspect the right-wing wants to use the present undefined phrase in order to deter Arabs from applying for citizenship and/or making it easier later to revoke their citizenship.

    from the article: Who will recognize the Israeli nation?
    First published 02:41 22.10.10 | Last updated 02:41 22.10.10
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