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    Ivo, not only does Netanyahu want to require a legal oath of allegiance to a "Jewish and Democratic state", but this term already appears in Israel's legal code. Example: People who deny the character of Israel as J&D are barred from running for the Knesset. The Supreme Court has to address this matter every now and then. Since the law does not define the term, they refer to the Declaration of Independence, which is used as some "meta-law", the spirit of which is used to interpret other laws. (Israel does not have a constitution, so the Declaration is what is available. As far as comparison to Europe, it is very difficult to use, because the nation-state is pretty much passe (with EU). Of course every country may have its immigration laws, but these are not formulated on the basis of religion or ethnicity. Israel is different in this regard, and one should know how far the difference extends. My exegesis finds that things are not as bad as they seem. It makes Israel "abnormal" in a very limited sense.

    from the article: Loyalty oath isn't racist, but it will destroy Israel
    First published 00:41 19.10.10 | Last updated 00:41 19.10.10
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