No one is mandating that all Israelis must be religious Jews. It is an affirmation of the Jewish nation -- not religiosity. What Netanyahu is saying is that the Arabs MUST recognize that Israel is the Jewish nation -- Jewish as in the ethnic and historical Jewish nation. Why is it so easy to hold Israel to a standard not applied to any other country, but there is no problem when the Saudis mandate a pure Islamic state -- or the Japanese maintain an overwhelmingly ethnic Japanese nation-state with very strict immigration standards? Any calls here in Haaretz, among the Arabs or in the UN to force Japan to transform into a multi-ethnic state or for the Saudis to allow unhindered freedom of worship in the kingdom, or to require any country calling itself the Islamic Republic of Whatever to reconstitute itself?
Israeli troops shoot, injure Palestinian crossing Gaza border fence (Haaretz)
from the article: Who will recognize the Israeli nation?