Why Israel Must Be the Nation-State of the Jewish People

According to its critics, Israel’s much-maligned nation-state bill aimed to deprive non-Jews of their rights. In fact, writes Zalman Shoval, its goal, in common with similar safeguards in most nation-states, was to prevent dissident minority groups from subverting the state altogether:

Not a single state gives its minorities the right to self-determination by realizing their political or national goals (although minorities often enjoy civil rights and are allowed to maintain their cultural and religious heritage). This policy is designed to prevent minorities from establishing a state-within-a-state or deciding no longer to pledge allegiance to the state’s authorities, which could ultimately lead to the disintegration of the state. . . . The final language [of Israel’s bill] was to give equal weight to the nation’s Jewish character as to the rights of its minorities. But the two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, Judaism is very compatible with democratic ideas.

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The Diplomatic Goals of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Visit to the U.S.

Yesterday, the Israeli prime minister arrived in the U.S., and he plans to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, but it remains uncertain whether he will meet with President Biden. Nonetheless, Amit Yagur urges Benjamin Netanyahu to use the trip for ordinary as well as public diplomacy—“assuming,” Yagur writes, “there is someone to talk to in the politically turbulent U.S.” He argues that the first priority should be discussing how to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons. But there are other issues to tackle as well:

From the American perspective, as long as Hamas is not the official ruler in the Gaza Strip, any solution agreed upon is good. For Israel, however, it is quite clear that if Hamas remains a legitimate power factor, even if it does not head the leadership in Gaza, sooner or later, Gaza will reach the Hizballah model in Lebanon. To clarify, this means that Hamas is the actual ruler of the Strip, and sooner or later, we will see a [return] of its military capabilities as well as its actual control over the population. . . .

The UN aid organization UNRWA . . . served as a platform for Hamas terrorist elements to establish, disguise, and use UN infrastructure for terrorism. This is beside the fact that UNRWA essentially perpetuates the conflict rather than helps resolve it. How do we remove the UN and UNRWA from the “day after” equation? Can the American aid organization USAID step into UNRWA’s shoes, and what assistance can the U.S. provide to Israel in re-freezing donor-country contributions to UNRWA?

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